Two youths have been arrested following a gunpoint robbery of an elderly woman in Tokoroa on Tuesday.

Police were called to Stanley St about 1pm with a report of a woman's car
being stolen at gunpoint.

The youths allegedly pointed a gun at the grandmother, and demanded that she hand over her keys to her Honda Odyssey.

The stolen car was then used about seven hours later in a robbery of a Hamilton dairy.


The sister of the victim, Lorna Mitchell, told Fairfax media that her sister was pulled from the car at around 1pm.

"She's very shaken," Mitchell said.

"She rang me up not long after it happened and couldn't believe what had happened."

Mitchell said her sister did not wish to be identified. She had been the manager of the senior citizens club in Tokoroa for 13 years.

The woman had been dropping elderly residents home when she was approached by two young people.

One of them said "give us your keys", she said, to which her sister replied "what, are you joking?"

That's when he pulled out the gun, she said.

"But he said no - he had a gun in his hand, he raised it and I'm pretty sure he fired it."


The youths were arrested in Putaruru this morning.

Police inquiries are continuing.