Armed robbery victim had owned Ngaruawahia dairy for only four months

Waingaro Dairy in Ngaruawahia was robbed yesterday when three masked men came in with weapons. Photo / File
Waingaro Dairy in Ngaruawahia was robbed yesterday when three masked men came in with weapons. Photo / File

A Ngaruawahia dairy owner retreated to protect his family when three men stormed into his shop armed with a pistol, a golf club, and another blunt object.

The owner of Waingaro Dairy, who only wanted to be referred to by his surname, Badel, had only been running his store for four months when he became the victim of the armed robbery this week.

Badel was in the shop at 4.30pm on Tuesday when three masked offenders entered the store carrying assorted weapons.

The robbers were saying things such as "come on, come on" and "hurry up" when they stormed into the shop, Badel said.

"They came really fast, I knew they were robbers," he said.

Badel, who lives at the back of the dairy with his family, retreated to the back of the shop and closed the door to protect himself and his family.

The robbers stole a large amount of tobacco and cigarettes before fleeing the scene in a stolen car, which they dumped about 600-700m away. The car had been taken from a Ngaruawahia address earlier in the day.

Badel said he was "a little bit scared" when it first happened, but was now feeling better, and business was "back to normal".

"This is the first time it's happened," he said.

Detective Russell Crawford, of Huntly police, said the stolen car, a blue/green 1997 Nissan Sentra hatchback, was dumped outside an early childhood centre in Brownlee Ave.

"This area is frequented by hundreds of people daily, including people who use the Hakarimata Summit Track steps as part of their fitness programme," he said.

The three offenders are believed to be aged in their late teens or early 20s, have skinny to medium builds, were all approximately 1.7m to 1.8m tall, wearing dark-coloured, long shorts, lighter-coloured hoodies, and had masks covering their faces.

Police are requesting assistance from members of the public who may have any information relating to the incident.

People with information are asked to contact Huntly Police on 07 828 7560 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- NZ Herald

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