Shop owner cut by in­trud­ers

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

A dairy owner was cut be­low his jaw dur­ing an ap­par­ent bun­gled rob­bery at his store in Up­per Hutt.

The man, who did not want to be named, suf­fered the shal­low cut while push­ing away one of the two young would-be rob­bers, who was bran­dish­ing a knife and wear­ing a ban­dana.

The owner was stocking a freezer about 8pm on Mon­day when a male and a fe­male en­tered the Tren­tham Food Cen­tre.

The male, who was car­ry­ing a knife, ap­proached the owner from be­hind and be­gan yelling at him.

‘‘They waved a knife at me. He was try­ing to scare me,’’ the dairy owner said.

The owner was cut when he pushed the man and his ac­com­plice as he made his way to the front door to es­cape.

He be­lieved the pair were there to rob the dairy, but they were un­able to get into the area be­hind the counter be­cause of the shelv­ing and dis­plays.

The pair left empty-handed and were seen flee­ing on foot to­ward Tararua St. They were wear­ing hooded jumpers and jeans.

The wife of the owner was also in the dairy but was un­harmed.

Al­though he had been given a fright, the owner had no con­cerns about com­ing to work on Tuesday morn­ing.

The dairy was open at 6:30am and it was busi­ness as usual, he said. Much of the morn­ing was spent field­ing phone calls and re­ceiv­ing vis­its from wor­ried friends and fam­ily.

‘‘I’ve worked in other dairies so ... it was noth­ing too scary for me.’’

He and his wife had only taken own­er­ship of the dairy about a month ago.

He thought his dairy was in a safe area with a good com­mu­nity be­hind it. Some of his reg­u­lar cus­tomers had come in to check on him af­ter the at­tack.

Po­lice said they were called just be­fore 9pm and con­firmed a dairy worker had suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact the Lower Hutt Po­lice sta­tion.

MATTHEW TSO/STUFF

The ap­par­ent rob­bers did not get away with any­thing as they were un­able to get past the shelv­ing and dis­plays to be­hind the counter.

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