Hammer-wielding thief linked to another robbery
A hammer-wielding man who robbed a Halswell dairy yesterday may be linked to a similar incident near the Riccarton racecourse on Sunday.
Detective Logan Penrose said the man entered the Halswell Convenience Store in Lillian St about 4.20pm.
He was carrying a hammer and confronted the female shop assistant.
The man ran off with a sum of money before getting into a vehicle parked in Nottingham Ave.
"The shop assistant and another staff member who followed the man out of the store have been able to provide a description of the offender, and there is a marked similarity to the offender in Sunday's robbery in Riccarton," Penrose said.
The man is described as a European with blond hair, between 1.78 and 1.83 metres tall, of slim build. He was wearing a dark hoodie, blue pants and black scarf. He got into a white four-door sedan.
Police have released a security-camera image of the offender and are appealing for any information to help identify the man.
"At this stage we cannot be sure whether this is the same offender, but it is notable that the descriptions and details of the two incidents are similar," Penrose said.
"In both these cases it is fortunate that nobody has been injured. Somebody will know who this offender is and we are asking for anyone with information to contact police urgently."
Anyone with information about the incident or the offender is asked to call Penrose on 363 7400 or, to provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.