Baseball bat-wielding thieves rob Christchurch dairy of... ice creams
A Christchurch dairy owner used a fire extinguisher to blast a group of baseball bat-wielding thieves out of his shop.
The group of four masked males were after cigarettes and cash from the Division Street Dairy in Riccarton, but ended up dashing out the door with just a basket of ice creams, said dairy owner Ivan, who did not want his surname used.
Not wanting Thursday's take to be stolen, Ivan said he pulled out a fire extinguisher and "blasted away" the thieves, who had entered his store about 9pm on Thursday.
"I wouldn't recommend it. It is cheap and effective, but it leaves a big mess," he said.
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While escaping the cloud of white powder, one of the thieves reached into a freezer and grabbed a basket of ice creams.
Two of the thieves were armed with baseball bats, Ivan said, while the other two had weapons he preferred not to mention.
"They were wandering around outside the shop front, waiting for people to leave the store," Ivan said.
"Then they came back with their faces covered up and raised their weapons.
"They were here for the usual things, cash and cigarettes, but they didn't get it," he said.
It was the second time the dairy had been targeted. A man attempted to gain access in June 2016, but was foiled when he was unable to open the unlocked sliding door.
"After the last time, I wanted to be protected," Ivan said.
Police said no-one was hurt in the incident.
"The owners did the right thing. They shut the shop and called police."
Police were assessing security camera images and investigating.