Daring daylight dairy robbery by knife-wielding teen in Christchurch

A teenager allegedly robbed the Worcester Discounter Dairy with a knife in a brazen daylight robbery on Thursday.
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A teenager allegedly robbed the Worcester Discounter Dairy with a knife in a brazen daylight robbery on Thursday.

A brazen knife-weilding teenage robber has been arrested after stealing from a struggling Christchurch dairy in the middle of the day.

Worcester Discounter Dairy was robbed for cigarettes about 1.45pm on Thursday.

Manager Harinath Munjala​ said the girl had been in twice to scope out the shop before going directly behind the counter and threatening him.

Dairy manager Harinath Munjala says the robber told him to "go back or I will kill you".
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Dairy manager Harinath Munjala says the robber told him to "go back or I will kill you".

"She told me 'Go back or I will kill you'."

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About $1000 of cigarettes were taken before the robber ran out of the store.

About $1000 of cigarettes were stolen from the Worcester Discounter Dairy.
JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF

About $1000 of cigarettes were stolen from the Worcester Discounter Dairy.

Police arrested a 16-year-old girl in Timaru on Friday after members of the public helped identify her from CCTV images.

She was charged with aggravated robbery and was due to appear in Christchurch Youth Court on Saturday.

Munjala said he felt shocked and threatened by the attack. 

The girl had been into the store twice before the robbery, buying a pie the first time.

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Munjala said the dairy was already facing hard times as roadworks in front of the store had dropped business by about 50 per cent. 

"Because of the roadworks, we lost everything from the last five months."

He said police arrived within a few minutes of his call, bringing a dog squad in response. 

Robbers targeting tobacco have increasingly struck both in Christchurch and across the country, with tobacco companies blaming price hikes and taxes for the alarming trend. 

 

 - Stuff

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