14-year old girl charged with rob­bery

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Quin­li­van

A 14-year-old girl is the first to be charged in con­nec­tion to an armed rob­bery of a Ti­maru su­per­mar­ket on Fri­day.

Mor­gans Road Food Mar­ket owner Ankit Pa­tel was count­ing stock in his store when four peo­ple rushed in about 8.25am and stole cash and cig­a­rettes.

Pa­tel said all four had their faces cov­ered with hand­ker­chiefs and were wear­ing hood­ies and caps.

On Sun­day, a po­lice spokes­woman said a 14-year-girl had been charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery, and would ap­pear in the Christchurch Youth Court on Tues­day.

The spokes­woman said in­quiries into the rob­bery, and at­tempts to lo­cate the re­main­ing three of­fend­ers, were on­go­ing.

Speak­ing to Stuff on Sun­day, Pa­tel said he had been well sup­ported fol­low­ing the rob­bery.

‘‘I can re­lax a bit more now,’’ Ankit Pa­tel

Pa­tel, who bought the busi­ness in June 2017 and moved his wife and two young daugh­ters from Auck­land to Ti­maru for the new op­por­tu­nity, said his fam­ily were in In­dia on hol­i­day and had he was yet to tell them about what had hap­pened.

He said po­lice called him on Satur­day to no­tify him of the ar­rest. ‘‘I can re­lax a bit more now,’’ he said.

Pa­tel said none of his staff had been badly af­fected by the in­ci­dent, in which no-one was in­jured.

The four of­fend­ers ar­rived at the su­per­mar­ket in a stolen yel­low Mazda Atenza – reg­is­tra­tion DFL694 – about 8.25am on Fri­day, po­lice said.

The ve­hi­cle was re­ported stolen from Hop­kins St, Ti­maru, about 1.30pm on Fri­day.

Po­lice were un­able to say on Sun­day whether or not the stolen car had been lo­cated.

Any in­for­ma­tion about the rob­bery or any sight­ings of the stolen car should be re­ported to po­lice, act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Sam Winch­ester, of Ti­maru, said.

DOUG FIELD/STUFF

The Mor­gans Road Food Mar­ket was cor­doned off af­ter an armed rob­bery on Fri­day morn­ing.

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