Failed rob­ber car­jacks woman out­side liquor store

Waikato Times - - News - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A bungling rob­ber car­jacked a woman out­side a Hamil­ton liquor store in or­der to flee his first crime.

He went on to try his luck at a sec­ond store, but again was forced to flee empty-handed.

Po­lice are still look­ing for the thief whose crime spree be­gan at Black Bull liquor store on Peach­grove Road in Hamil­ton on Sun­day evening.

Around 6.30pm, he en­tered the booze shop not far from Five Cross Roads wear­ing a grey hoodie be­neath a blue boiler suit.

He gripped a screw­driver and de­manded cash from the worker, but within a few sec­onds ran out empty-handed, Waikato CIB De­tec­tive Sergeant Scott Neil­son said.

Out­side the liquor store, he ap­proached a woman in her car.

‘‘He’s threat­ened her, she’s had to get out of the ve­hi­cle and sur­ren­der her keys to him. At that point, he’s taken her ve­hi­cle.’’ The woman was un­in­jured, he said.

Af­ter flee­ing in the woman’s car, the same of­fender at­tempted a sec­ond rob­bery at a dairy on Knighton Road in Hill­crest.

‘‘A sole male has en­tered two stores, both Black Bull Liquor on Peach­grove Road and the Knighton Road Dairy.

‘‘He’s been armed with a screw­driver and threat­ened the store at­ten­dants, but has left emp­ty­handed on both oc­ca­sions.’’

Neil­son said the man de­manded cash from both busi­nesses.

When he got noth­ing, he fled within sec­onds. Po­lice chased the car from Sil­verdale, Neil­son said, be­fore aban­don­ing the pur­suit.

The stolen car was later found dumped at a prop­erty in Mor­rinsville. There was no sign of the man.

‘‘In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify and try to lo­cate the male.

‘‘None of the shop­keep­ers were in­jured and noth­ing was taken.’’

The man’s de­scribed as Maori or Poly­ne­sian man, of solid build and was wear­ing a blue over­alls over a grey hoodie.

●➤ Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Hamil­ton po­lice on 07 858

6200 or can be left anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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