Police in the Eastern Bay of Plenty have stepped up their investigation into an aggravated robbery in Whakatane over the weekend.
The robbery took place at Mananui Dairy on James Street at around 7am on Saturday morning, with two men entering the premises carrying weapons before making off with stolen cigarettes.
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Standen says: “We have some positive lines of inquiry as we work our way through this investigation, but we are still seeking information from the public.
“We remain focused on the fact these offenders used weapons to commit this robbery, and we want to prevent them from re-offending.
“We have captured those responsible for the most recent robbery at Gull Service Station (on November 4), and I remain confident that with help with information from the public, we will apprehend those responsible for this act of violence.
“We remain committed to ensuring the people of Whakatane and the Eastern Bay of Plenty remain safe and feel safe, and will continue to work to hold offenders to account.”
Anyone who saw anything unusual in the area of Mananui Dairy at around 7am on Saturday, November 11, is asked to contact Whakatane Police on: (07) 308 5255.
Alternatively, anonymous information can be provided to Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.