Two youths ar­rested fol­low­ing rob­bery

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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