Two Thames people have admitted robbing staff at Hauraki service stations while armed with a firearm.
In the Hamilton District Court today, Mark Anthony Marriott, 23, andLucy-Ann Ross, 25, admitted two charges of the aggravated robbery ofthe Paeroa Service Station on May 3 and the Queen St Mobil service station in Thames on May 24.
Marriott and Ross -who were both masked and one armed - stormed intothe Paeroa station and held up the sole attendant.
They told the attendant he had one minute to fill a bag with cigarettes.The pair took off with $1,624.63 in tobacco and cash.
Then in Thames, the pair again robbed the sole staff member of cashand tobacco totalling $2,563.01.
Ross was remanded on bail for sentencing on September 11 and for consideration to be given for a restorative justice conference with the victims.
Marriott was further remanded in custody for his sentencing on September 1.
Judge Peter Spiller convicted the pair on both charges and also handed down first strike warnings as aggravated robbery is a qualifying violence offence.
- Waikato Times