Armed pair take cigarettes in dairy robbery

Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014

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Masked robbers brandished a knife while they robbed the CR Dairy in Eltham yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Drew Bennett said the offenders entered the dairy on the corner of Conway Rd and High St at 6.20am and stole cigarettes.

They pulled a knife on the shop assistant. She ran away, locked herself in another room and rang the police. She was shaken and did not return to work.

The men had their faces covered and one was carrying a black sports-style carry bag with a distinctive white logo with the word "sport" on the end of the bag.

Bennett said police would like to speak to anyone who was able to identify the men or the bag.

"People connected to the offenders will know who has committed this crime and request they make contact with police. It is a concern that the offenders decided to arm themselves."

He said people changed shift at nearby factories around the time of the robbery and police were interested in speaking to anyone who saw two people walking together in the area yesterday morning.

Police are also interested in sightings of any suspicious vehicles around Eltham Primary School between 6am and 6.30am.

Bennett praised the response of the shop assistant and said it was a good reminder to the public that if ever confronted with someone wielding a weapon they should remove themselves from the situation rather than challenge the offender.

When robbers hit the dairy in April last year demanding cigarettes, owner Leslie Mi chased them away before they could take anything more than a few bags of chips.

Anyone with information should contact the Stratford CIB on (06) 765 8860. Information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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