Welcome Bay foodmarket holdup:Youth back in court

By Staff reporter

A teenager charged in relation to the armed holdup of the Welcome Bay Foodmarket in August has been back in court, but his lawyer is awaiting more disclosure from police.

Police allege the 16-year-old was one of two masked offenders who entered the foodmarket on August 23, armed with a pistol, and demanded money from the store owner before fleeing on foot.

The teen, who has automatic name suppression because of his age, was further remanded on bail when he appeared before Tauranga Youth Court Judge Louis Bidois yesterday.

The teenager, who is yet to admit or deny a charge of aggravated robbery, is due back in court on December 17.

The teenager was arrested and charged after Tauranga police, including members of the armed offenders squad, executed two search warrants in Welcome Bay last week.

Police are hunting for the alleged second gunman and are urging anyone with information about the holdup to call Tauranga Police CIB on (07) 577 4300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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