Shopkeeper bashed, robbed

Last updated 08:55 14/04/2014
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MASKED MAN: A man wearing a balaclava who threatened a Porirua grocery store owner on Saturday.

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Two teenagers are to appear in court after a Porirua shopkeeper was bashed on the head with a rock and robbed of synthetic cannabis.

The alleged offenders, two boys aged 15 and 17, were arrested on Saturday and will appear in Porirua District Court today charged with aggravated robbery.

Detective Gareth Barnes, of the Wellington District Crime Squad, said at 5pm on Saturday, the pair entered the Discount Tobacconist on Serlby Pl in central Porirua. 

The 17-year-old hit a shop attendant with a large rock, while the 15-year-old beat the man with his fists.

The victim was treated for a small cut to the back of the head.

''He was very lucky to have come away with minor injuries, judging by the CCTV footage,'' Barnes said.

''He was obviously very shaken up.''

There were no witnesses to the attack but camera footage helped catch the teens, Barnes said.

The older teenager was found later that evening just 100 metres from the shop, carrying one packet of synthetic cannabis. He tried to run from police but was caught. He told police the home address of his accomplice, who was arrested at home that night, Barnes said.

Shop staff were still trying to work out what was stolen during the attack, Barnes said. No cash was taken, despite the offenders being close to the shop's till. 

Meanwhile, a masked and armed man tried to rob a Porirua dairy on Saturday morning. A man wearing a balaclava used a large knife to threaten the owner of the Fantame St grocery store in Cannons Creek at 10.30am, detective sergeant Christiaan Barnard said.

''He demanded cash, which prompted the victim ran to back of the store out of fear,'' Barnard said.

The masked man then ran north along Fantame St towards Waitangirua.

Police are seeking information about a man wearing a distinctive black hoodie with black and red sleeves, camouflage pants and a black balaclava with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth.

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