Would-be thief brags on Facebook

Last updated 08:14 27/08/2014

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A would-be thief who tried to rob a pharmacy at knifepoint had posted his intentions in a Facebook video.

Cambridge police have praised the actions of quick thinking staff that led to the arrest of an ''intoxicated and drugged'' man following an attempted robbery at Unichem Leamington Pharmacy.

While still in the shop the man, who had earlier posted his intentions in a video on Facebook, was caught ''red-handed'' by police.

Sergeant Gordon Grantham said the man posted the video, which police have since removed, about 15 minutes before he entered the shop at around 4pm last Wednesday. Armed with a knife, he demanded drugs.

Staff called police, who arrested the man.

Following an assessment at Waikato Hospital, the man was due to appear in the Hamilton District Court charged with aggravated robbery. 

''The man was intoxicated, he was under the influence of drugs and was in a highly agitated state. Those three combined are a recipe for disaster,'' Sergeant Grantham said.

''But it was the quick thinking actions of staff members who called police which ultimately led to the man's arrest while he was still in the shop.'

'Unichem Leamington Pharmacy co-owner Ken Ludbrook said  staff had been ''pretty shocked'' by the incident.

''We're doing okay. 

''I'd just like to thank the police, they were professional, compassionate and fantastic,'' Ludbrook  said.

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- Waikato Times

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