Robbers run down dairy owner in Hamilton

A clothes rack was hurled at the fleeing robbers.
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A clothes rack was hurled at the fleeing robbers.

Robbers fleeing in a getaway car ran down a dairy owner in Hamilton, breaking his leg. 

The Aberdeen Superette was robbed by two men armed with screwdrivers early on Sunday afternoon, the second violent robbery in less than two months. 

Witnesses say Ram Sharma, who was attacked with a tomahawk in a June robbery, was run over after attempting to stop the robbers.

The Aberdeen Superette in Hamilton - the dairy owner was being loaded into the ambulance.
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The Aberdeen Superette in Hamilton - the dairy owner was being loaded into the ambulance.

Sharma's father said the men entered the  dairy at the corner of Courtney Avenue and Aberdeen Drive and demanded cash and cigarettes.

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A neighbour who witnessed the robbery but declined to be named said the robbers took off in a small silver sedan with three others.

"We just heard the screaming ... the car started doing reverse donuts as everybody was getting in."

The neighbour said Sharma chased them outside and was run over. 

"He ended up with a complete broken leg."

Sharma was wailing in pain as he was stretchered into a St John Ambulance.  

The neighbour said Sharma's mother also chased the robbers, throwing a clothes rack at them as they fled.

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A sealed packet of tobacco could be seen alongside the clothes rack on Courtney Avenue.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Phillip Ruddell said two men entered the store armed with screwdrivers; taking the till and possibly some cigarettes.

Sharma was outside the store at the time, and attempted to film the the fleeing robbers.

"In the process, he has been hit by the vehicle, sustaining a possible broken leg."

Police remained at the scene on Sunday afternoon and are seeking the five occupants of a silver sedan. The investigators are yet to establish whether there's any link to other incidents in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamilton police station on 07 858 6200.

Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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