Dairy owner scolds young robber

05:59, Aug 11 2014
Dairy robbery

A dairy owner scolded and chased after a 14-year-old boy after he held her up at knifepoint, then fled the scene in a well-heeled Wellington suburb.

Ngaio Supermarket owner Kelly Patel said she told a carving knife-wielding teen to "get a job" as he robbed her shop of almost $100 this morning and then fled as she gave chase in her van.

Patel says she was "very scared" after the June 10 death of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar. Two boys aged 12 and 13 are facing trial on manslaughter and murder charges.

Dairy robbery
ON TAPE: A youth robs Ngaio Supermarket owner Kelly Patel at knifepoint.

CCTV footage of this morning's incident shows the youth entering the shop on Khandallah Road about 9.30am, with what appears to be a tea-towel disguising his face and holding a carving knife.

Patel was serving neighbour Robyn Radomski.

Both woman said they at first thought it was a "joke".


But the dairy owner claims the teenager then pointed the knife at her and swore at her, demanding money from the cash register and iTunes cards.

"I was a bit worried about the knife because it reminded me of that killing in Auckland recently," Patel said. "It was the morning, he had a knife and he looked about the same age, I thought he was maybe 12 or 13."

The security cameras in the shop - which Patel said had cost $20,000 to install after the shop suffered previous thefts - pointed straight at the counter and dairy entrance.

Radomski said she quietly backed out of the shop.

"I was thinking what my strategy would be - I didn't feel it would be a good move to try and do something while he had the knife."

Once outside, she ran to a nearby medical centre, getting the staff to call the police. She said the doctors told all patients to stay indoors.

Meanwhile, Patel was feeling "annoyed" after handing over cash to the youth.

"I said to him, 'well, you should get a job.'

"I said, 'I have to work for my money.'

"I told him off, and he just goes, 'yeah'."

He left with the money and she hit a panic button to alert her husband upstairs while she jumped in her van.

"I thought, 'I'm going to get that little...' "

However, she couldn't find him and police Youth Aid intercepted him near Simla Crescent railway station. He will be interviewed at Wellington Police Station, Detective Sergeant Christiaan Barnard said.

Police were still determining what steps should be taken, he said.

Police were yet to find the knife and suspect it may have been discarded in a stream alongside Khandallah Rd.

Barnard said the youth had discarded his disguise by the time Youth Aid picked him up.

Patel said the dairy had been robbed before but she was disappointed to be confronted by someone so young.

The Dominion Post