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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Whangārei Police are appealing for further information into an aggravated robbery, which saw arrests made yesterday.

Charges have been laid against five for the incident which occurred at a jewellery store on Cameron Street at around 3.50pm.

Police acknowledge the support of CitySafe staff who were first on scene and alerted our staff to the incident unfolding.

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff McCarthy, of Whangārei CIB, says Police have set up an online portal for photos and video that will assist the investigation.

“It was a busy time of day and we are aware there were a number of people filming what unfolded at the store.

“Police are asking those filming or who witnessed the events to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with still images or video footage should go to the portal set up:

Those charged are all male aged between 15 to 19 and are before the Whangārei Youth Court.

All are jointly charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle. Further charges are likely.

Police are also interested in other sightings of the vehicle involved, a red Mitsubishi Lancer station wagon with the registration DWA54.

The vehicle was recovered by Police yesterday. Additionally, a number of items stolen from the store were recovered.

“Police are interested in this vehicle as part of our enquiries into other offending at retail premises in Whangārei,” Detective Senior Sergeant McCarthy says.

“If anyone has additional information, we are asking you to come forward and contact us.”

Please contact Police on 105 quoting the file number 230802/8514 or contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.


Jarred Williamson/NZ Police