A man wielding a hammer demanded money from the owner of
the Pine Hill Dairy in Dunedin on Sunday. Photo by Craig
A man wielding a hammer and wearing a balaclava entered
the Pine Hill Dairy five minutes after it opened on Sunday
Dairy owner Crystal Cao (30) said she was behind the counter
in the Dunedin dairy and was opening up a stack of newspapers
with scissors when a thin Caucasian man, about 1.7m tall and
between 30 and 40 years old, shouted: ''I want money, I want
Her husband was away in Invercargill but her 1-year-old and
5-year-old daughters were in the house at the back of the
dairy watching television.
Thinking of her daughters, she shouted at the man: ''What are
you doing here? What are you doing here?'' as he walked
The man then noticed the scissors and ran away, Ms Cao said.
''It does scare me and I hope police can get the guy,'' she
She had lived in Dunedin for three years and had owned the
dairy for two months.
It was the only robbery attempt since she bought the shop,