In this still shot from CCTV footage, a man brandishes a
large knife during the robbery of a South Dunedin dairy on
Saturday. Photo supplied.
Police are hunting a knife-wielding man who held up the
owner of a South Dunedin dairy - the second time the shop has
been robbed this year.
Saturday's incident was the second time in three months
Ashvin Patel, the owner of the Sai Food Market on Prince
Albert Rd, had been robbed.
In the latest incident, a man entered the shop at 9.36am,
said nothing, and brandished a large knife at Mr Patel, who
jumped from his chair behind the counter and fell as he
scrambled to safety in a room behind the shopfront, from
where he called police.
The man, meanwhile, allegedly slipped behind the counter,
took several packets of tobacco, and ran from the store.
Mr Patel gave chase as the man ran south, turned left on to
Victoria Rd, and then left into in Queens Dr before Mr Patel
lost sight of him.
Police used a police dog in an extensive search of the area
but they found nothing.
Mr Patel said the incident had left him bruised and shaken.
Almost exactly the same thing had happened in August, he
He believed the same person might have been involved in both
The robbery was recorded on CCTV, which the shopkeeper
installed after the earlier incident.
The man, a slim Caucasian aged about 20, wore blue jeans, a
black or dark grey top or hoodie.
A bandanna, or similar, covered his face.
Detective Sergeant Brett Roberts said he hoped someone had
seen the man running off or taking off an item of clothing as
The man dropped several packets of tobacco during his escape.