LATEST: South Taranaki police are on the hunt for a ''light skinned'' man who tried to rob two Hawera dairies at knife-point early yesterday morning.
Detective Senior Sergeant Keith Borrell said the man, who was wearing a white hoody, board shorts and no shoes, walked into the Sunshine Dairy, on South Rd about 6.30am.
''He's been chased out of the store and was seen leaving in a silver-coloured sedan along Milmoe St.''
Undeterred by his first failure, the man has then entered the Nolantown Dairy, about 2km away, and left with a ''small amount of cash'', Mr Borell said.
Police have arrested a woman in connection to the aggravated robbery but are asking the public to come forward with any sightings of the car before or after 6.30am.
A 42-year-old woman has been charged with being accessory after the fact to aggravated robbery, unlawful car conversion, possession of class B drugs and possession of utensils, Mr Borrell said.
It is the second time in 14 months the owners of the Sunshine Dairy have had to deal with armed men demanding money.
That robbery was the focus of a Police Ten 7 appeal.
Police are still on the hunt for at least one armed robber who used a knife to hold up two dairies in Hawera early this morning.
Detective Senior Sergeant Keith Borrell said a dairy on South Rd, known as Sunshine, and the Nolantown dairy were robbed within five minutes of each other.
He said the first was hit about 6.30am.
''One male who entered at least one of the dairies had a knife in his hands,'' he said.
The investigation was continuing and no more information was immediately available.
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