Tauranga police have arrested and charged a man in relation to three aggravated robberies.
The Tauranga man was charged in relation to aggravated robberies of of the Cameronian Dairy on July 17; the 14th Avenue Dairy on the July 18; and the robbery of the Greerton Lotto Shop today.
The man was due to appear in the Tauranga District Court on Wednesday July 27.
Police thanked the community for their assistance and the information they provided in relation to the three incidents.
Earlier: Greerton Lotto Shop has been robbed.
The store on Cameron Rd has been closed after an aggravated robbery at 11am today.
A reporter at the scene said police could be seen inside.
It is understood a man entered the store and used a weapon to demand cash from staff.
A police communications spokesperson said a man entered the Lotto shop and demanded money from the till.
The man then left in a car.
Police would like to speak to anyone who has any further information on this incident. Information can be provided to Bay of Plenty Police on 07 577 4300, or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police do not believe the public need to be concerned for their safety following this incident.
The incident follows at least three others in the area earlier this month.
On July 18 the 14th Ave Dairy was robbed by a man wielding a wheel brace. A day earlier the Cameronian Dairy was robbed by two men, one brandishing a hammer. On July 15 a man used a gun and targeted the Brookfield Superette on Jude Pl but fled empty handed after a stand off with the store owner.