Woman hands herself in after armed robbery

By Sam Boyer of the Bay of Plenty Times -
The woman threatens a shopkeeper with the 10-inch dagger. Photo / Supplied
The woman threatens a shopkeeper with the 10-inch dagger. Photo / Supplied

A Tauranga woman charged with attempting to hold up a superette with a 10-inch dagger at the end of March is in custody.

Cheyanne McCausland, 22 and unemployed, of Kairua, appeared in Tauranga District Court this morning charged with assault with intent to commit robbery and was remanded in custody after police opposed bail.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier said the woman turned herself in at Papamoa police station last night.

"She came to police as a result of our investigation. It's a good result," he said.

The March 31 robbery attempt saw the woman allegedly pull a 10-inch knife on 59-year-old Arataki Superette assistant Sue Savage. The mid-afternoon attack was the third at the Oceanbeach Rd store in four years.

Ms Savage was alone in the store about 3pm when a woman brandished a "dagger" at her, demanding cash and cigarettes.

But the woman was foiled when Ms Savage sounded the panic alarm, scaring her off.

McCausland will reappear in court on Monday for a bail application.

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