Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Steve Wescott:
A male youth has been charged in relation to the aggravated robbery of a dairy on the corner of High and Tennyson Streets in Avalon, Lower Hutt yesterday.
Police received a report that a man had entered the dairy around 11:15am yesterday armed with a metal rod. He threatened the two shop attendants, took cash and tobacco products, and left the scene in the car.
Police arrived at the scene a few minutes after being called and immediately began making enquiries to locate the offender.
Units carrying out area enquiries in Taita located the car which had been used in the robbery a short time later.
A 15-year-old male was arrested and today has been charged with aggravated robbery. He is due to appear Hutt Valley Youth Court tomorrow.
Police are continuing to make enquiries into the robbery and are still speaking with a number of people. We are also ensuring the victims are being supported.
We would like to thank the members of the public who have already provided information to assist with this investigation.
We'd still like to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time of the robbery.
If you were in the vicinity of Tennyson Avenue and High Street around 11am yesterday (March 13th) please contact Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600.
Alternatively, you can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Issued by Police Media Centre