Community asked to be “eyes and ears” after armed robberies

Police are calling on the community to be their “eyes and ears” after a spate of aggravated robberies, including one last week where it is believed the offender watched a dairy for some time before entering.

There have been four aggravated robberies in as many weeks around Hawke’s Bay and the latest one occurred at the Onekawa shops on Maadi Road at 8pm last Thursday.

Police said a man stole cash and cigarettes from the Onekawa dairy after threatening the shop’s sole woman occupant with a small knife,. He then made her lie on the ground, and tied her hands behind her back.

Senior Sergeant Mike Stevenson of the Eastern District Command Centre said he was not able to comment on the number of recent aggravated robberies, but he did urge the community to call the police if something seemed suspicious – particularly if this was around locations often targeted by robbers, such as dairies and service stations.

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