Robbery victim wary of shop's future

By Sam Hurley

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A Hastings takeaway outlet owner robbed by a man wielding a hammer, says he is surprised shops like his are targeted because they have little cash on the premises.

Hawke's Bay Police continue to search for a dark-skinned male of solid build between 1.78m and 1.83m (5ft 10in and 6ft), and aged in his 20s in their investigation of an aggravated robbery at Racecourse Takeaways on Wednesday night.

The offender, wielding a hammer, entered the fast food outlet on Gascoigne St, Hastings just before 8pm and threatened the owner, demanding cash from the till, before making off with a small amount. No-one was injured during the incident.

Store owner Shenysng Zhou was surprised that stores like his were targeted given what little cash there is to take.

"This is the second time this has happened. I'm worried about my business being effected.

"I don't want to have to shut down," Mr Zhou said.

Racecourse Takeaways was the target of an aggravated robbery in August 2012, however, police don't believe there is a link.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.

 

- Hawkes Bay Today

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