Sandra is a senior crimes and justice reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

Accused armed robber back in court

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The Cameronian Dairy was robbed on July 17. Photo: John Borren.
The Cameronian Dairy was robbed on July 17. Photo: John Borren.

A Tauranga man accused of committing three armed hold-ups within 10 days has been back in court.

Thomas Awhio Te Pere, 33, faced three charges of aggravated robbery when he appeared in Tauranga District Court today via audio-visual link.

Police have alleged that on July 17 Te Pere robbed the Cameronian Dairy with a claw hammer, and the next day held-up the 14th Avenue Dairy with a metal wheel brace.

It is further alleged that on July 26 he wielded a claw hammer at Greerton Lotto shop assistant before making off with a sum of cash from the till.

Te Pere is yet to enter pleas to the charges.

His lawyer David Bates told Judge Peter Rollo that he was still awaiting more disclosure materials from police.

Judge Rollo further remanded Te Pere in custody to next appear in court on August 16.

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