No gun used in robbery of dairy

Items have been recovered and identified by the victim of last week's robbery of the Brook St dairy.

Police confirmed today that those items did not include a gun.

Detective Sergeant Ian Langridge, of Nelson, said they were following good lines of inquiry, but he declined to reveal what the items found included.

An assistant at the Brook Street Store was threatened and left "very shaken" after being confronted by a balaclava-wearing robber last Thursday night.

Police said the offender was carrying an item under a scarf which had the appearance of a pistol barrel.

He took cash from the till before leaving.

Police had said the man, who was wearing a balaclava, demanded that the store assistant open the cash drawer and threatened to harm her if she did not co-operate.

However, today police said the hidden item had not been a gun.

Store owner Martin Meads, who was upstairs when the dairy was robbed about 7.15pm, was relieved his assistant was unharmed.

Police said the offender was wearing a black knitted balaclava, black track pants and a plain black polar fleece jacket with a zip down the front.

The shop assistant described the offender as a man of Caucasian descent, possibly middle-aged, of slim build with brown eyes and red cheeks.

He was thought to have left the shop on foot.

Langridge is keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a person fitting that description entering or leaving the store around the time of the robbery.

People can call the police on 546 3840.

Information can also be provided confidentially by contacting Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Nelson Mail