Boy arrested over aggravated robbery

23:51, Jun 17 2013

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after an aggravated robbery at a Hornby service station.

The boy was arrested last night in relation to the incident, which happened at Caltex Hornby on Sunday.

He will appear in the Christchurch Youth Court today.

His arrest follows a 14-year-old and 17-year-old being arrested on Sunday over the attempted armed robbery of a Sockburn dairy.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said the three youths were known to each other.

He praised the efforts of a member of the public whose recall of a car's number plate led to the arrest of the two youths on Sunday.

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Sweeney said that after the incident at the Racecourse Dairy, a member of the public approached officers and said he had seen two males running down Epsom Rd.

"The witness said both were wearing dark clothing with their hoods up and had got into a vehicle. He followed the vehicle, but lost sight of it after it took off at speed,'' he said.

"When the witness approached police at the dairy he was able to provide useful information, including the vehicle's registration number, which he had remembered."

Police were able to find the address where the vehicle was, and cordons were put in place.

"When the car left the location the two youths were arrested and a search of the vehicle located a BB gun under the passenger seat," Sweeney said.

Anyone who sees suspicious or criminal activity happening can contact the police via 111. Historical or non-urgent crime can be reported on (03) 363 7400.

Alternatively, to provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Press