Store's owners 'touched' by local support after violent robbery
A dairy's owners recovering from a violent robbery were wrapped to have customers show up in support of their store.
Dilbag Singh had a machete held to his face early on September 11 at the Gadbsy Supermarket in Māngere.
It was just after 7am when the four hooded offenders entered the Gadsby Rd store.
The group were violent, in particular two offenders who stood over Singh and made threats.
One kept pushing Singh around holding a machete, despite him having his hands above his head.
Waving the machete around even left gash marks on shelves in the backroom.
The four were in-and-out within minutes, taking cigarettes and cash.
The shop's owners were "touched" when a large group of nearby residents came to show their support days after the incident.
It was fitting, given the store's motto "in service of community" written beneath its signage.
"We really want to thank the community ... it means so much to us," Singh says.
The pair say they are still recovering from their ordeal in the robbery.
Detective Senior Sergeant Karen Bright said at the time that the four fled the store through a neighbouring reserve to Opawa Cres. It's believed they got into a waiting vehicle.