Armed hit on take­away shop

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN AND LUKE KIRKEBY

A worker was as­saulted when rob­bers armed with a ma­chete and gun stormed a Waikato fish and chip shop.

The pair man­aged to get away with ‘‘next to noth­ing’’ in the Sun­day night at­tack, Toko­roa po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son said.

But the rob­bers’ ac­tions left the two Lomond Take­aways work­ers on duty at the time se­ri­ously shaken.

They ran into the Ne­vis Cres­cent shop about 9pm on Sun­day armed with a ma­chete and long­bar­relled firearm, Hen­der­son said.

‘‘One of the two shop as­sis­tants was as­saulted dur­ing the rob­bery.’’

He said the worker, be­lieved to be a man, was not se­ri­ously in­jured.

Hen­der­son said the rob­bers got away with a small amount of prop­erty, but he had no de­tails on what that was.

A light or white coloured ve­hi­cle was seen leav­ing the area at speed around the same time. Hen­der­son said it was pos­si­ble the thieves used the car to get away, but since they were yet to be lo­cated, that was un­con­firmed.

Xiu Mei Emo, who works at Lomond Dairy next door to Lomond Take­aways said the shop owner had been warned about the dan­gers of stay­ing open late.

‘‘We are very care­ful here and shut the door early at 8pm but they closed at 9pm last night which is very late,’’ she said.

‘‘We have told them not to open late be­cause this place is not good. It is not like in town where there are peo­ple walk­ing up and down, it is quiet here.’’

She said she was thank­ful there have been no rob­beries at her dairy.

‘‘We thank God it has never hap­pened.’’

A worker from R and B Bak­ery, which is also next door to the take­aways, said they were also closed at the time but said they had all their cab­i­nets robbed three years ago.

The rob­bery fol­lows the vi­o­lent rob­bery of the Aotea Crs Dairy in De­cem­ber 2016 where an of­fender knocked a staff mem­ber un­con­scious.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion and wit­nesses. Peo­ple can con­tact Toko­roa po­lice on 07 885 0100. Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be pro­vided via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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