Knifepoint robber flees with gum
A man armed with a knife demanded cash from a terrified Manukau shopkeeper but all he got away with was chewing gum.
The man entered the Chapel Downs Supermarket in Clover Park about 9.35pm, July 29, and placed a bag on the counter containing a knife.
Despite his demands, store employee Chandan Gosai didn't give the man anything and called her boss for help.
CCTV footage shows the offender reaching under the counter in frustration and grabbing a box of chewing gum before fleeing.
Gosai said she was scared because it was the first time she had been threatened in the 10 years she had worked there.
She has since returned to work but said she was now on edge when people entered the shop.
Gosai hoped police would make an arrest soon.
The robber was 180cm to 185cm tall, Maori or Polynesian, dressed in a dark hoodie, sunglasses, black track pants, gloves and running shoes.
A similar knifepoint hold-up took place at Sky Liquor in Papatoetoe last Saturday.
Three people entered the store at 10.25pm and one wielded a knife while the others grabbed a bottle of wine and cans of bourbon and cola.
Two of the suspects were arrested by police a short time later, with the third later found at a nearby property.
A 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds appeared in Manukau District Court this week charged with aggravated robbery.
Anyone with information on the Manukau robbery can call Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur of Counties Manukau East CIB on 09 250 2886 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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