A man will appear in the Tokoroa District Court this morning charged with robbery and kidnapping following an incident in the town over the weekend.
The owners of Amber Dairy on Bridge Street were robbed at gunpoint on Saturday night as they locked up the shop just after 10pm.
Yesterday police arrested a 24-year-old Tokoroa man who allegedly approached the woman as she waited in the couple's silver Toyota saloon car while her partner locked up the store.
He forced the woman back to the shop where he stole money and then forced the couple to drive him around Tokoroa in their car.
Police say the man counted the cash before forcing his victims to make a withdrawal at an ATM machine in Bridge St and then made the couple go back to the shop a second time to get yet more money.
Police were not saying how much he took in total.
The man then made the victims drive him to State Highway 1 where he got out of the vehicle near a Mobil service station.
He was last seen walking north on the highway.
During the ordeal, which lasted approximately 40 minutes, the victims were threatened but not harmed.
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