Brandon Joel Worthington was so desperate for cash to buy
food for his partner's two children he carried out an
The 25-year-old went into the Onerahi Post Shop, pointed an
imitation gun at a female worker and whispered his demand for
her to hand over all the money.
The teller, on her first day of the job, handed over $1150.
Minutes later Worthington bought food from a supermarket.
He appeared in the Whangarei District Court yesterday to
plead guilty to aggravated robbery on September 9.
A police summary of facts revealed before Worthington went
into the Post Shop he had taken a green plastic bag with a
change of clothes and placed it near the public toilets on
Waverley St about 2.20pm.
He went into the Post Shop and pulled his sweatshirt hood
over his head and had a piece of grey material over his face
to conceal his identity from the security cameras. He also
placed his hands over his face.
As he walked in he used an A4 piece of paper to conceal a
black imitation pistol. A female teller was at the counter,
along with two other staff and an elderly woman.
Worthington pointed the pistol at the teller and said in a
quiet voice: "Give me all of your money, I don't want to hurt
The teller handed over all the notes in her till. Worthington
fled and as he passed the toilets, grabbed his bag of
clothing and continued running into a dense area off
Worthington St, where he changed his clothes.
He then went back up the road past the Post Shop and into the
supermarket where he bought groceries.
Police said the teller was traumatised and it had been her
first hour of her first day of working at the Post Shop.
Eight days later police carried out a search of an Onerahi
home and arrested Worthington.
He told police he and his partner needed cash to buy food for
her two children. He was remanded in custody for sentencing
on December 5.
- Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate