Vic­tim bot­tled in Kawakawa

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A Kawakawa liquor store worker had a wine bot­tle smashed over his head be­fore three armed of­fend­ers made off with more than $1000 in cash and spir­its.

Vikas Chaud­hary, a duty man­ager for the Hunter Star Ho­tel, and the Su­per Liquor store lo­cated at the ho­tel’s rear, was work­ing alone on Oc­to­ber 29 when three heav­ily dis­guised of­fend­ers, thought to be male, en­tered the liquor store armed with an ice pick and two empty wine bot­tles.

Chaud­hary says the trio yelled at him to stay down be­fore grab­bing bot­tles of spir­its. Then af­ter or­der­ing Chaud­hary to open the till one of the of­fend­ers smashed a glass bot­tle over his head, be­fore tak­ing cash.

He re­ceived a small cut on his hand as he tried to pro­tect him­self, but oth­er­wise was un­in­jured al­though he did take a cou­ple of days off.

‘‘It all hap­pened very quick, only one or two min­utes max­i­mum,’’ Chaud­hary says.

In to­tal the of­fend­ers are thought to have grabbed more than $1000 in cash and bot­tles of spir­its.

A plan to al­ways have two staff mem­bers work­ing would be put in place as a re­sult of the ag­gra­vated rob­bery, Chaud­hary says.

‘‘There’s al­ways a chance of some­thing hap­pen­ing at a bot­tle store and you have to be ready.’’

‘‘It all hap­pened very quick, only one or two min­utes max­i­mum.’’

Vikas Chaud­hary

Chaud­hary says he knew to fol­low the of­fend­ers in­struc­tions be­fore he called the po­lice who turned up shortly af­ter­wards. An in­ci­dent like this had never hap­pened in the 12 months he has worked at the Hunter Star Ho­tel and the Su­per Liquor Store.

Po­lice are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested to hear about sight­ings of a sil­ver Nis­san Blue­bird with a miss­ing hub­cap on the left front wheel in re­la­tion to the ag­gra­vated rob­bery in Kawakawa.

Kerik­eri Po­lice are also ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter a male and fe­male struck an el­derly man in the face as he waited in his car at the Ware­house carpark in Waipapa. The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 11am on Novem­ber 1.

An ag­gra­vated rob­bery training sem­i­nar for Kawakawa and Mo­erewa busi­nesses is planned, af­ter sim­i­lar po­lice-run events have ed­u­cated Kaikohe and Kerik­eri busi­ness own­ers and work­ers what they should do if their premises are con­fronted with armed of­fend­ers.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on th­ese in­ci­dents can con­tact Kerik­eri Po­lice on 09 407 9211 or anony­mously to Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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