Store robbery victim 'did the right thing'

23:15, Jul 27 2014
Mairehau Food Studio robbery
WANTED: The man who held up a Christchurch dairy at gunpoint, pictured at the scene in his distinctive hooded top.

A dairy store worker who came face to face with a gun-wielding man says she was scared but still went back to work the next day.

The man entered the dairy on Briggs Rd about 8pm on Saturday.

"When I saw him I was a little scared," the worker said. "It was a surprise, you don't expect that to happen."

The man asked for money and tobacco. The worker said she handed over more than $100 and some cigarettes.

"He had something covering his face. I could only see his eyes and he had gloves on."

The woman had worked at the Mairehau dairy since 2008.


"I was shaking a bit but then I calmed down."

She was back to work the following day. She said a similar incident had occurred a few years ago when a man wielding a hammer demanded money.

A police spokesman said the store attendant did the right thing and did as she was asked.

The alleged offender is described as dark skinned, about 1.7 metres (5ft 7in) tall, of skinny build and 25 to 30 years old.

He wore a black scarf over his face and a dark hooded top with large, brightly coloured letters on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Power on (03) 363 7400 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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