Armed man holds up Dunedin dairy

22:05, May 28 2014

Police are on the hunt for an armed robber who made a brazen raid in a Dunedin dairy this morning.

Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said a man armed with a firearm entered the Mornington Night'n Day store in Eglinton Rd and demanded money and cigarettes from staff about 8am.

Following the robbery, the man ran from the store.

The male offender was wearing a light-coloured hoody, 3/4 length blue shorts or trousers and brown coloured boots. It is believed that his face was concealed at the time of the robbery. He was carrying a number of bags.

Inquiries are continuing at the scene and police are yet to ascertain exactly what was taken during the robbery, Brown said.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the robbery who may have seen the offender going to or leaving the dairy.

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Anyone with information relating to this matter should call the Dunedin police on 03 471 4800. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. 

The Mornington Night'n Day has a history of being targeted by armed criminals. Since 2012, it has been reported the shop has been robbed at least five times.

In February 2013, a staff member at the dairy was confronted by a knife-wielding, masked man.

Qian Sun, the dairy's owner at the time told The Otago Daily Times it was the third incident in the year she had owned the shop.

She said she planned to sell the shop if there was a buyer because it was robbed too often.

The Southland Times