Armed robbery prompts manhunt
Police are yet to determine if a knifepoint robbery and arrests after a stolen car chase in Tauranga were related.
About 9.47am a man with his face covered demanded cash at knifepoint from Mags, Cards and Lotto dairy on Cameron Road.
He was last seen running out the door towards Tauranga Hospital.
"The robber is described as a male possibly Maori approximately 185 cm tall, solid build, wearing a dark hoodie with the hoodie pulled over his head, dark pants, black woollen gloves and dark shoes," senior sergeant Eddie Lyttle said.
The police search for the offender instead found a stolen Subaru Forester on Koromiko Street.
The driver crashed into a two vehicles and a parked car while fleeing from officers, who abandoned the pursuit.
"Due to the damage to the Subaru and with the excellent assistance of members of the public, the Subaru was located on River Oakes Drive," Lyttle said.
"The driver and passenger of the Subaru ran off however were tracked by the police dog to an area nearby and taken into custody."
Police are still investigating the aggravated robbery, and it is not yet known how much was taken from the dairy.
They are also trying to establish whether the two incidents are related.
Lyttle said members of the public played a "major role" in finding the Subaru.
Police still want to hear from anyone who saw the robber leave the dairy or who has information about who he was.
Information can be passed onto the Tauranga Police on (07) 577 4300 or provided anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555111