Arrests in carjacking
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.