Two youths arrested following robbery
Two teenagers have been arrested following a violent aggravated robbery of a Tokoroa dairy on Thursday.
A staff member at the Aotea Cr Dairy was knocked unconscious when the two males, aged 15 and 16, entered dressed in black at 7.30pm and allegedly assaulted him by hitting him from behind.
The youths, one of which was from Tokoroa and the other from Auckland, have been accused of stealing cash and cigarettes before running off eastbound.
Manager William Huang said the staff member was out cold for about three or four minutes before he came to and phoned him.
‘‘They came in and said nothing, they just hit him from the back,’’ he said.
‘‘He only started working on Saturday so it was not a very nice introduction for him.’’
Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson said news of the violent robbery caused community outcry.
‘‘After we got some information from the community we were able to apprehend them on Friday and they are now before the Youth Court,’’ he said.
‘‘The community here will not tolerate this sort of crime and we will not tolerate it either and I thank those who came forward quickly with the information.’’
‘‘The thing is the community here will not tolerate this sort of crime and we will not tolerate it either and I thank those who came forward quickly with the information.’’
Henderson said they were still asking for people to come forward with information.
‘‘We are still looking for anyone who might have seen two people dressed all in black down there. Any information about it can still be of use,’’ he said.
He said the apprehension was a reminder to would-be thieves to think before they act.
‘‘It is not worth it for the amount of property you will get from a shop compared to the consequences,’’ he said.
Huang, who has managed the store for three years, said the staff member has since been released from hospital and was fine other than being a bit shaken.
‘‘Just keep an eye on your staff because we never expected this to happen and it has never happened before,’’ he said.
He said the thieves managed to get away with a substantial amount of money and tobacco.
‘‘They have taken around 90 per cent of the expensive tobacco and around 15 boxes of the cheaper smokes, along with around $5000 cash,’’ he said.