Victim bottled in Kawakawa
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.’’
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.