Attempts to rob a Hamilton dairy were thwarted when the store attendant made a move the masked robbers didn’t see coming.
The two men wearing pull down masks ran into the dairy on Hukanui Rd, Rototuna about 8pm on Monday.
But with quality CCTV cameras operating both outside and inside the shop, the worker was able to see the pair approaching.
“He saw the risk about to happen and he activated the panic alarm,” Waikato police Senior Sergeant Pete van de Wetering said.
“It was an audible alarm and it deterred the offenders from making any more threats.”
The pair did place the bag on the counter making a “feeble threat” when they got spooked by the sounding alarm and fled, he said.
“They scurried away out of the shop. It was nowhere near as bad as others have been.”
Police responded with a dog unit but were unable to track down the offenders who by then had fled the area in a vehicle.
“It was quite clear the store had good equipment.”
Police were also investigating the burglary of a service station in Matamata overnight.
Thieves broke into the Gull service station in Matamata at 3.45am on Tuesday and stole cigarettes, van de Wetering said.
No one was working at the station at the time. Further investigations are being made on Tuesday.