Police search for offenders after attempted robbery

Police set up a cordon at Adi’s Dairy on the corner of Chalmers and Childers roads after several men tried to rob it yesterday. One man is helping police with inquiries as the search for the three offenders continues. Picture by Liam Clayton

THREE men brandishing weapons burst into Adi’s Dairy in Elgin yesterday and demanded cigarettes. It was the second time this week a dairy in Gisborne had been targeted.

The robbery attempt at the Childers Road/Chalmers Road corner dairy happened at midday.

“The three men, aged 15 to 25, were each allegedly armed with various types of blunt instrument weapons,” said Detective Sergeant Danny Kirk.

“They demanded cigarettes but the three shopkeepers challenged them and they ran out of the shop empty-handed.

“The shopkeepers pursued them down the street and followed them to a vehicle they had parked nearby. They drove off but the people from the dairy got a description of the vehicle and passed that on to police.”

Police later located the vehicle at a property in Kaiti, put cordons around that area and took custody a man at the house into.

“He has been assisting us with our inquiries. We are investigating strong leads in relation to this matter and are actively seeking three men. We urge them to surrender themselves to us.”

Detective Sergeant Kirk said none of the shopkeepers were injured in the incident and no damage was caused in their shop.

The incident follows the aggravated robbery of the Bridge Dairy in Roebuck Road on Tuesday when a man armed with a knife entered the shop and demanded cash.

The woman behind the counter refused to hand over any money and the intruder instead grabbed cigarettes and ran off.

Police inquiries into that incident continue. CCTV images of the offender are published here.

THREE men brandishing weapons burst into Adi’s Dairy in Elgin yesterday and demanded cigarettes. It was the second time this week a dairy in Gisborne had been targeted.

The robbery attempt at the Childers Road/Chalmers Road corner dairy happened at midday.

“The three men, aged 15 to 25, were each allegedly armed with various types of blunt instrument weapons,” said Detective Sergeant Danny Kirk.

“They demanded cigarettes but the three shopkeepers challenged them and they ran out of the shop empty-handed.

“The shopkeepers pursued them down the street and followed them to a vehicle they had parked nearby. They drove off but the people from the dairy got a description of the vehicle and passed that on to police.”

Police later located the vehicle at a property in Kaiti, put cordons around that area and took custody a man at the house into.

“He has been assisting us with our inquiries. We are investigating strong leads in relation to this matter and are actively seeking three men. We urge them to surrender themselves to us.”

Detective Sergeant Kirk said none of the shopkeepers were injured in the incident and no damage was caused in their shop.

The incident follows the aggravated robbery of the Bridge Dairy in Roebuck Road on Tuesday when a man armed with a knife entered the shop and demanded cash.

The woman behind the counter refused to hand over any money and the intruder instead grabbed cigarettes and ran off.

Police inquiries into that incident continue. CCTV images of the offender are published here.

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