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Armed robbers target legal highs

Last updated 05:00 25/03/2014
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PLANNED: Robbers disguise themselves with hoodies and cover their faces with cloths.

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Police have released footage of three robbers violently raiding an East Tamaki adult shop for synthetic cannabis.

One thief is seen charging into Video Expo with a baseball bat, smashing a glass counter and menacing the shop attendant while accomplices steal the legal drugs.

Detective Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson says the brazen attack at 10.30am on March 2 lasted only 22 seconds.

The robbers are believed to have fled in a vehicle parked near the Greenmount Drive store.

"The men appeared to know exactly where the product was located and made no attempt to take anything else from the shop or access the till which contained cash," he says.

"It is good to see that the store attendant remained calm and did not do anything to cause harm to himself or add further aggression to the situation."

Synthetic cannabis was also taken when Video Expo's Manukau store was robbed in February but police do not believe the incidents are related.

"We will be exploring all avenues in the course of this investigation, however, at this stage we believe this is an isolated incident.

"We are interested to hear from anyone who may know someone who is in possession of a large amount of synthetic cannabis."

Mr Wilkinson says people should only buy such products from a licensed store as knowingly receiving stolen goods is a crime.

"With such a large amount of product on the streets, there is a high chance that these products will be sold to young people under the age of 18."

Anybody with information can call Mr Wilkinson on 213 9000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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