1492211301915 - Teenager arrested over Christchurch tomahawk dairy robbery

Teenager arrested over Christchurch tomahawk dairy robbery

A 15-year-old has been arrested and charged over the robbery of a Christchurch dairy with a tomahawk and a kitchen knife. The J Mart dairy in Opawa was robbed by two people at 7pm on Thursday night, but the shop owner Eric Ye chased the offenders away with a baseball bat.

Police arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated robbery on Friday. He will appear in Christchurch Youth Court this morning.

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The two men robbed the Opawa Rd dairy of cash and cigarettes

Ye said he was pleased the boy had been arrested so quickly, but was worried they may return.

“Those robbers are too young and they shouldn’t be doing that,” he said.

“The police told me they will not be held in jail for long as they are so young. So I am worried that they will come back again. Hopefully not.”

Ye said he was “very scared” because it was the first time his shop had been targeted.

Ye said the offenders took about $40 and three or four packets of cigarettes.

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.”

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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