1493694456038 - Dannevirke BP Connect under attack from a sledgehammer

Dannevirke BP Connect under attack from a sledgehammer

Thieves used a sledgehammer to smash through the doors of a BP, but they grabbed a booby prize – inactive music gift cards.

The two men were after cigarettes when they burst into Dannevirke’s BP Connect on Monday at 12.45am.

Acting Sergeant Gary McKernon said the High-St robbers couldn’t get at the smokes,

as they were locked away.

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“[Instead], they got away with a few inactive music gift cards.”

He said police had carried out a scene examination and were reviewing CCTV footage.

They had some great leads on the vehicle linked to the robbers, McKernon said.

“Police advise businesses to lock away cigarettes at night and, if possible, leave the cupboard doors open so it can be seen that they’re empty from outside the store.”

This is the third robbery in Dannevirke in 2017, with BP Connect the second petrol station targeted for cigarettes.

Two men stormed into the Dannevirke Caltex about 1.15pm on Thursday March 23, and allegedly pulled out a pistol before demanding cash and cigarettes from staff.

Senior Sergeant Jymahl Glassey said a 17-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were charged with aggravated robbery.

Police are also still seeking information about the robbery of the Dannevirke Four Square on Saturday 25 March about 8.30pm, when a robber armed with a crowbar stole cash.

Anyone with information on the Four Square robbery can call Dannevirke Police on 06 374 4500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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