A Whangarei business owner has been assaulted by a thief who made off with several hundreds worth of synthetic cannabis.

Police have now released a security camera picture of the man involved in the robbery of the Brew Shop in Whangarei.

A man entered the shop on Vine St, walked up to the counter and pulled out a drawer containing psychoactive substances - commonly known as synthetic cannabis, about 6pm on August 9.

The shopkeeper attempted to stop the man taking the items. However, the man assaulted him and the shopkeeper let go.


The thief then left the shop with several hundred dollars worth of the synthetic cannabis. He was seen to arrive in a white 1990 Toyota Corolla and there was at least one other person in the vehicle.

Anyone with information on this robbery or who can identify the person in the photo can contact Constable Mark Andrews at the Whangarei Police on 09 430 4500 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.