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Christchurch dairy owner fights back with baseball bat during robbery

A “very scared” Christchurch dairy owner defended himself with a baseball bat before armed robbers escaped with cash and cigarettes.

Police say two armed men wearing black bandannas held up the J Mart on Opawa Rd, Opawa about 7pm on Thursday.

It is the latest in a string of Christchurch dairy robberies in the area over recent months.

J Mart owner Eric Ye, who was behind the counter when the robbers entered, said he was “very scared” because it was the first time his shop had been targeted.

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The offenders, who Ye said took about $40 and three or four packets of cigarettes, were armed with a knife and an axe.

He said he used a baseball bat to scare the robbers and believed they may have been spooked.

“I’ve got the camera there … The mask did not cover the whole face, so [they looked] pretty young.”

The duo were yet to be caught.

“I just bought the business only two years [ago] and I’m quite scared.”

Last October, Opawa Discounter owner Kamlesh​ Patel, whose dairy is across the road from J Mart, fought off an armed robber after his shop was targeted for the fourth time.

Last month the nearby Night ‘n Day store on Ferry Rd was robbed for the eighth time since August.

Police were encouraged anyone with information on any of the robberies to call (03) 363 7670. Anonymous tips could be left with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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