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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Please attribute to Area Prevention Manager, Acting Inspector Neale Saunders

Three people have been arrested following an aggravated robbery at a service station on Hyderabad Road, Napier.

At about 5.30am yesterday, two people broke into the premises by smashing the glass door and stealing cigarettes and confectionary.

A third person remained outside in a stolen car which was used to flee the scene.

Thankfully, the employee who was present in the premises at the time was unharmed but has understandly been left badly shaken.

Police conducted a search warrant later that day at an address in Onekawa where the three offenders were located. Some of the stolen property was also recovered.

Two youths, aged 16 and 14, have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. They appeared in the Hastings Youth Court yesterday.

Another youth, aged 13, was also arrested and has been referred to Youth Aid.

The stolen vehicle has also been recovered.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and further charges are likely.

We understand that this kind of incident may cause distress in our community, and we reiterate that Police remain committed to investigating these incidents, identifying those responsible and making them accountable.

Police would like to thank the community for reporting suspicious activity and encourage this to continue.


Issued by Police Media Centre