Man charged over two robberies

10.13am: A 24-years-old Tauranga man who appeared in court today charged in relation to two recent knifepoint robberies remains behind bars while police inquiries continue.

Tyson Tama Taki, 24, faced two counts of aggravated robbery and a charge of intentionally damaging a sprinkler system in a police cell, when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today.

The first of the armed robberies is alleged to been committed at Aussie Butcher in Gate Pa shopping centre on August 17.

Taki is also accused of robbing the owner of Mags, Cards and Lotto store on August 22.
During both robberies it is alleged Taki stole sums of cash.

Police opposed bail, but Taki did not make a bail application today and he was remanded in custody without entering pleas by Judge Ruth to enable him to seek further legal advice.
Taki is due back in court on September 10.

Head of Tauranga CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said despite the arrest police inquiries were continuing.

Mr Turner said police were still keen to talk to any witnesses or people who had further information about the two robberies.

Anyone who has further information should call Tauranga police station on 577 4300.


8.55am: A 24-year-old Tauranga man will appear in Tauranga District Court today charged in relation to two recent knifepoint store robberies.

Head of Tauranga CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said as a result of information from the public and extensive police inquiries, the man has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

The charges relate to the knifepoint robberies of a worker at the Aussie Butcher in Gate Pa shopping centre on August 17, and the owner of Mags, Cards and Lotto store on August 22.

Mr Turner said despite the arrest inquires were continuing and police were still keen to talk to any witnesses or people who had further information about the robberies.

Anyone who has further information should call Tauranga police station on 577 4300 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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