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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 stable condition.
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 shop.
Hastings police urged members of the public to come forward with information about the incident.