A 36-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the Fitzherbert Ave Dairy robbery.

The police made the arrest yesterday .

The man is charged with aggravated robbery and will appear in the Whanganui District Court today.

It was the fourth time the dairy had been the target of an aggravated robbery when a man with a screwdriver stole cash just before 7pm on Wednesday.

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The police say an investigation into the robbery will continue.

Following the robbery on Wednesday, the owner of the dairy spoke of his frustration with the regularity of thefts, like this one, after the price of cigarettes increased.

The owner did not know how much money was stolen from the register.

In May 2017 two offenders, one with a firearm and the other with another weapon, stole cigarettes and cash from the same dairy.

The owner was injured in the robbery and two people were later arrested.

The dairy was robbed twice in about two months in 2012, with cigarettes and cash taken in both robberies.