Six arrested in relation to aggravated robberies
Waikato Police have arrested six more people in relation to the recent aggravated robberies and burglaries across the Waikato District.
Two were arrested during three search warrants executed in Hamilton on Friday morning.
The others were arrested in the Collins Rd area of Hamilton as a result of ongoing enquiries.
"A substantial amount of stolen property was recovered including clothing, power tools, jewellery and methamphetamine," says a Police spokesperson.
Two males and a female arrested in relation to this offending are young people between 13-17 years old.
Those arrested are facing a series of charges including aggravated robbery and burglary.
"The arrests are part of Waikato Police’s ongoing investigations and are a result of our staff’s determination to locate and arrest the people committing these crimes."
A total of 27 offenders have been arrested and charged in relation to offending stretching back several months.
Enquiries are ongoing to locate other people of interest.
Hamilton Police arrest youth in relation to two robberies
Waikato Police have arrested a youth in relation to two robberies of Hamilton businesses in which an imitation firearm was used.
At 3.50am on Thursday a male entered a Z Energy in Fairfield, Hamilton and presented a firearm, making threats to a staff member.
The employee has activated the store’s fog cannon before retreating to a safe room.
The offender then fled, leaving empty handed.
Four hours later at a Superette in Chartwell, Hamilton, the same youth has presented a firearm at the cashier, demanding cash and cigarettes.
This cashier has also activated the store’s fog cannon.
She was assaulted and sustained minor injuries.
Shortly after this incident Police located and arrested a person of interest.
A 16-year-old male appeared in the Hamilton Youth Court on Thursday afternoon charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit robbery.
An imitation firearm was recovered at the Bankwood scene and both victims have been referred to Victim Support.
Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the offending.
Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley praised the actions of Police staff and the cashiers at both stores.
“It’s an excellent result to apprehend the person so quickly and stop them from potentially committing more robberies,” says Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley.
“It was also quick thinking from both cashiers to activate the store’s fog cannons, preventing any loss of property or further injury."