Man arrested for aggravated robbery

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Police speak to shoppers after the Otaika Lotto and PostShop was robbed at gunpoint. PHOTO/JOHN STONE
Police speak to shoppers after the Otaika Lotto and PostShop was robbed at gunpoint. PHOTO/JOHN STONE

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man following the aggravated robbery of a Whangarei Post Shop.

Allegedly two masked men carrying a firearm entered the Otaika Lotto and Post Shop on Otaika Rd about 4.30pm on Friday.

There were three staff members and some members of the public in the shop at the time, police say.

The men managed to get some cash from the shop and then left on foot through a walkway towards Ashley Av.

A stolen vehicle linked to the robbery was located by police a short while later.

The vehicle was a green Mazda Demio, registration FEE222.

The 21-year-old man, who was arrested on Saturday, appeared in the Whangarei District Court today on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Police would like anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any other information relating to the incident to come forward.


Anyone with information can contact Detective Sam Kemp at the Whangarei Police on 09 430 4500 or if they wish to remain anonymous can contact the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.

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