Police at the scene of an armed robbery at the Shiel Hill Foodcentre yesterday afternoon. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A 21-year-old man has been charged with aggravated robbery
after a Dunedin dairy was held up at knifepoint yesterday
Police were called to the Shiel Hill Foodcentre after a
shopkeeper reported being robbed at knifepoint about 2pm.
The male offender allegedly entered the dairy and demanded
money and cigarettes from the sole female worker.
Owner Jesse Cha told the Otago Daily Times his wife
ran and locked herself in a back room when confronted by the
Before fleeing the Highcliff Rd store, the offender allegedly
took pouches of tobacco, Mr Cha said.
His wife was ''fine'', he said, adding footage of the
incident had been given to detectives.
The dairy was cordoned off for several hours as police,
including a dog handler, combed the area looking for the
District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior
Sergeant Craig Brown said the offender concealed his face
during the robbery, and was wearing dark trousers and a pale
A man was later arrested and was held in police custody last
night. He will appear in the Dunedin District Court today.