Po­lice praise public for help


The four teens charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery of the Waipapa BP service sta­tion have made their sec­ond ap­pear­ance be­fore the youth court.

The boys, all from Kaitaia, are also charged with un­law­fully tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, after they al­legedly pointed a paint­ball gun at staff mem­bers of the BP on Au­gust 27. A boy re­mains at large fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. A to­tal of five boys were in­volved, two were aged 14, two aged 15 and the old­est boy was 16.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Sam Bin­don says the teens in­volved had their first ap­pear­ance be­fore the Kaikohe Youth Court on Au­gust 28, three have since ap­peared be­fore the Whangarei Youth Court, and the other teen ap­peared in Kaitaia.

While one was bailed to fam­ily, the other three boys were placed in the care of the Min­istry of Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren (Oranga Ta­mariki).

Around 3pm on the Sun­day, the boys al­legedly stole a black Mazda Fa­milia from the Ware­house carpark in Waipapa, around 7pm they parked out­side the BP and four of the boys en­tered the shop.

They pointed a paint­ball gun at staff, who locked them­selves in a back room, be­fore the boys fled with tobacco, the cash drawer and cho­co­late. Bin­don praised the mem­ber of the public, who saw the in­ci­dent at the BP sta­tion, be­fore fol­low­ing the car they al­legedly stole ear­lier, north along State High­way 10.

‘‘It was re­ally good work by the mem­ber of the public...who fol­lowed the car un­til a po­lice pa­trol ve­hi­cle ar­rived.’’

Bin­don also praised the BP staff who were un­harmed dur­ing the in­ci­dent. ‘‘They are pro­fes­sion­ally trained and had an ex­cel­lent se­cu­rity sys­tem which has helped to iden­tify the peo­ple in­volved.’’

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Dy­lan Robin­son says en­quiries are also con­tin­u­ing into the armed rob­bery of the Kaikohe McDon­ald’s and no one has been ar­rested in re­la­tion to this in­ci­dent. On Au­gust 23, three of­fend­ers en­tered the store by smash­ing the bot­tom pane of the front door with an axe. One was also armed with a gun the trio or­dered staff to empty money into a bag be­fore flee­ing.

Con­tact Kaikohe Po­lice with any in­for­ma­tion on 09 4052960, or to Crimestop­pers (anony­mously) on 0800 555 111.

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