Ar­rests in car­jack­ing

Waikato Times - - News - PHILLIPA YALDEN

When a Toko­roa grand­mother re­fused a teenager’s de­mand to hand over her car keys, he al­legedly pulled a gun on her. He may have even fired it.

Po­lice have ar­rested two young peo­ple af­ter the car­jack­ing in Toko­roa on Tues­day.

Al­most seven hours later the stolen car was used in a sec­ond ag­gra­vated rob­bery of a Hamil­ton dairy.

Lorna Mitchell, the Toko­roa vic­tim’s sis­ter, said her sis­ter was pulled from the car on Stan­ley St around 1pm.

‘‘She’s very shaken,’’ Mitchell said. ‘‘She rang me up not long af­ter it hap­pened and couldn’t be­lieve what had hap­pened.’’

Mitchell said her sis­ter, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, had been the man­ager of the se­nior cit­i­zens club in Toko­roa for 13 years.

She ar­ranges trans­port for el­derly mem­bers and fer­ries them to and from their mid­day meals and card play­ing.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon Mitchell said her sis­ter was drop­ping el­derly res­i­dents home down Stan­ley St.

She was in the driver’s seat of the white Honda Odyssey when two young peo­ple wear­ing dark hood­ies ap­proached. An el­derly woman was in the pas­sen­ger seat.

‘‘One went to the pas­sen­ger’s side, and one went to the side of my sis­ter.

He said: ‘‘Give us your keys,’’ she said, to which her sis­ter replied, ‘‘What, are you jok­ing?’’ That’s when he pulled the gun. ‘‘He said no – he had a gun in his hand, he raised it and I’m pretty sure he fired it.’’

In the mean­time, the other youth was try­ing to pull the el­derly pas­sen­ger from her seat, she said.

‘‘When my sis­ter saw that, she told him to be care­ful be­cause she’s an el­derly lady.’’

Mitchell said the thief turned around and told her sis­ter: ‘‘I don’t f... en care.’’

Her sis­ter at­tempted to shut the win­dow so the thief couldn’t get his arm in, but he ended up grab­bing the keys, she said.

In a state­ment, po­lice said the pair, be­lieved to be in their mid-to­late teens, pointed a gun at the woman, forc­ing her to get out of the car. They took off in the peo­ple mover, head­ing north to­wards Bil­lah St.

They were ar­rested in Pu­taruru on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mitchell said her sis­ter rang not long af­ter the car­jack­ing, say­ing, ‘‘You’ll never guess what just hap­pened.’’

Hear­ing of the crime was up­set­ting, Mitchell said. Her sis­ter spent all of her spare time help­ing se­nior cit­i­zens. She’s lived in Toko­roa for 50 years, has two chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

‘‘I’m bloody an­noyed with it. Now the se­nior cit­i­zens haven’t got a ve­hi­cle to get from A to B.

‘‘My sis­ter works hard and is al­ways do­ing things for oth­ers as a lot of the se­niors will vouch for.’’

And Mitchell has a mes­sage for the per­pe­tra­tors.

‘‘I hope one day some­one does the same to you or to some mem­ber of your fam­ily and see how you feel.’’

Waikato po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Phil Rud­dell said the ve­hi­cle – a white Honda Odyssey, reg­is­tra­tion num­ber DTT185 – was later used in the rob­bery of a Hamil­ton dairy in Ri­fle Range Rd on Tues­day night.

Around 6.45pm four of­fend­ers armed with ham­mers stormed the dairy.

They stole cash be­fore flee­ing in the white car.

Po­lice in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing and any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call 111 or phone Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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