A Hastings dairy owner is in a serious condition after two
offenders beat him with a "sharp object" as they escaped the
store during an early morning burglary.
Yesterday at about 1.55am, Lantern Light Dairy owner Lance
Mackie was alerted to the activation of the shop's alarm
before he stumbled upon two male offenders in black clothing
attempting to flee the store.
Detective Sergeant Craig Vining said Mr Mackie was then
struck on the head and hand by a third offender with an
"unknown sharp object" and received several injuries,
including cuts to the head and arm and abrasions and grazes.
Mr Mackie's partner, Mary Mathieson, said the shop owner
underwent surgery at Hawke's Bay Hospital yesterday for his
injuries, which included three torn tendons in his leg. A
hospital spokeswoman said Mr Mackie was in a serious but
Ms Mathieson said the CCTV footage of the attack was "dark"
and inconclusive but hoped the trio would be identified soon.
They had made off with cigarettes and petty cash from the
Hastings police urged members of the public to come forward
with information about the incident.