Arrests made in relation to aggravated robberies in Christchurch

Police at the Race Course Dairy. Photo: Rachel Taylor
Police at the Race Course Dairy. Photo: Rachel Taylor
Police have arrested five people in relation to a number of aggravated robberies at Christchurch dairies this month.

Between June 13-15, police were called to four robberies in three days across the city.

During one of them on June 15, the owner of the Race Course Dairy in Sockburn allegedly had a "soft, short BB gun" while the offenders shouted "this is a robbery".

The woman was working alone at the dairy when the terrifying incident happened.

The robbers jumped the counter and raided the dairy's cigarette counter, allegedly taking about 16 pouches of tobacco worth about $2000.

The Aum Foodmarket on Hopkins St, Woolston, was also targeted about 8.45am on June 13, while the Halswell Convenience Store on Lillian St, Halswell, was robbed about 6.20am on June 15.

So far, police have charged five of seven people believed to be involved in the robberies, including two men, aged 18 and a 19, who have been charged with aggravated robbery.

Two women were also charged with accessory in relation to the alleged robberies.

Police are also seeking Ethon Baker-Cleveland, who has a warrant for his arrest, and have appealed to the public for sightings of the 19-year-old.

"Police are seeking the whereabouts of Ethon Baker-Cleveland. Baker-Cleveland, 19, may be in central Christchurch."

Anyone who has seen Baker-Cleveland or has information about his whereabouts should phone police on 105.






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