Police are not ruling out links between the death of Paeroa pizza man Jordan Voudouris and two men arrested and charged with assault.
Jordan Voudouris, 55, was found nine days ago in a pool of blood near the end of his driveway leading to Hall St behind his popular Mykonos Pizza and Pasta takeaway, where he also lived.
Police tonight announced two arrests, saying: "[It] is still not possible at this stage to confirm or discount a link between the robberies and the death."
The arrests, from earlier this week, had blanket suppression until today to protect the police investigation.
The arrests were made by police investigating the attempted robbery of a service station in Waihi and the aggravated robbery of a dairy in Katikati on June 18 - the same day Mr Voudouris was killed.
A Rotorua man, 19, was arrested on Monday and appeared in Rotorua District Court on two charges of assault with intent to rob and is due back in court this coming Monday.
A Mangakino 17-year-old was arrested yesterday on the same charges. He has been remanded in custody until July 17.
Police continue to investigate Mr Voudouris' death.
"It is vital that these arrests do not deter people with information about the death of Mr Voudouris from contacting the investigation team at Paeroa police station," Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner of Tauranga said.
"We have to continue treating the incidents as separate investigations unless the time comes when the evidence tells us there is a definitive link."
Police still wanted to hear from anyone with information about the robberies.
At least one offender was still missing.
Police last week confirmed Mr Voudouris's death was suspicious and said they were looking into whether the death was linked to two incidents in nearby towns on the same morning.
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