Arrest after gunpoint robbery at Christchurch dairy
A woman who recorded a licence plate number helped lead armed police to a 21-year-old involved in gunpoint robberies in Christchurch.
Police said two people entered Little Street Dairy on Hoon Hay Rd about 6pm on Monday and demanded cash and cigarettes. One offender threatened a staff member with a pistol.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Ford said they left empty handed after staff and a member of the public confronted and fought them off.
Police were called to another robbery minutes later at a dairy on Selwyn St, where the offenders made off with a small amount of tobacco and cash.
Ford said a 21-year-old man had been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, while police worked to identify others believed to beinvolved.
He praised a woman who managed to to get the licence plate number of a getaway car.
"That's led to several addressed being searched last night by CIB and assisted by members of the armed offenders squad," Ford said.
"Property from the dairy, along with a firearm and clothing worn by the offender was located at one of the addresses at the time. He was at one of the addresses searched."
Ford said the arrest would have likely prevented other dairies from being targeted by the offenders.