Armed robbery at Tauranga service station

Three men have been arrested after an armed robbery of a Tauranga service station last night.

The men, whose faces were masked with bandanas, were brandishing a knife and a knuckle duster, police said.

They entered the Z Station on the intersection of Cameron Road and 11th Avenue about 10.10pm.

The men threatened the shop keeper and took money, cigarettes and food, police said.

They then fled from the scene and ran down St John Street before escaping in a waiting vehicle, driven by another man, which sped down 11th Avenue towards Waihi Road.

As a result of police inquiries three men have been arrested, police said.

The stolen property was been recovered and the men, aged 17, 20 and 22 were held in custody to appear in the Tauranga District Court this morning.

There were no injuries to the service station attendant, police said.


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