Police make arrest in five-month-old Napier knife-point dairy robbery
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man over the five-month-old aggravated robbery of a suburban Napier dairy.
On March 30 the Napier man allegedly held up the dairy owner at knife point, robbing her shop and leaving her tied up.
The robbery occurred at the Onekawa Postshop and Dairy in Napier just after 8pm.
The man allegedly stole cigarettes and cash before tying the shop owner's hands together and fleeing.
At the time Detective Sergeant Daryl Moore said the attack was "menacing" and had caused the shop owner a large amount of stress.
The man was arrested following the execution of a search warrant in Napier on Wednesday and charged with aggravated robbery and possession of utensils and will appear in the Napier District Court later this month.
"He had a knife and made it very clear he would use it if she did not comply with him. More concerning, he made her lie down and tied her hands behind her back," he said.
The female shop owner was left shaken, but unharmed. She managed to free herself and run for help.
"Crimes such as this are unacceptable as they have a serious impact on small business owners and communities and police are committed to working with the community to prevent crime, however should a crime be committed they work tirelessly to hold those responsible to account," Detective Amy Bryant said.