Alleged superette robber appears in court

By Sandra Conchie

The identity of the Tauranga man accused of holding up the Lenz Superette while wearing a balaclava and armed with a pistol last night can now be revealed.

Welder Brett Robert Heginbotham, 28, from Bethlehem faced a charge of aggravated robbery when he appeared before Community Magistrate Lesley Jensen in Tauranga District Court this morning.

He was arrested at the Cobblestone Court Motel on Chapel Street around 5.20pm last night, about 30 minutes after he allegedly held up the superette in Cameron Rd and fled in a vehicle with cigarettes, after a failed attempt to get some money.

The occupants of the dairy who fled to the rear of the shop during the incident were unharmed.

Police did not oppose bail.

Mrs Jensen remanded Heginbotham on bail subject to number of strict bail conditions, including a nightly curfew, a ban on associating with a number of people, including the store owner and is also barred from going to Lenz Superette.

Heginbotham who is yet to plea to the charge is due back in court on May 23.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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