The main street of Kilbirnie has seen two attempted robberies on the same day.
In the first incident, a masked man armed with a knife robbed a store on Bay Rd in Kilbirnie this afternoon, police said.
He ran from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash after threatening a woman behind the counter at the "small retail shop" about 1pm, Senior Sergeant Mark Buttar said.
He was arrested by police a short time later at his home, while an alleged accomplice was held by staff at St Catherine's College until police arrived. A third man was also arrested in relation to the incident.
Police had recovered the man's mask and the cash.
In the second incident just 100m down the road, a store attendant at the Kilbirnie Liquor Centre on the corner of Bay Rd and Coutts St was attacked after confronting a man who was attempting to steal liquor at 2:50pm, Acting Detective Sergeant Sam Mercer said.
The attendant was punched a number of times when he confronted the would-be robber, who was believed to be wielding a knuckle-duster, and managed to recover the alcohol before the man fled.
The attendant was taken to hospital in an ambulance with minor facial injuries.
The man was still on the run and was described as a male Maori or polynesian with short dark hair. He was wearing tan-coloured trousers, white Nike shoes and a green sweatshirt with an emblem on the front and back. His clothing may have had blood on it.
Police asked that anyone with information on the man contact them immediately.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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