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Police concerns over dairy robberies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

Police say they're concerned over a rise in the number of dairy and petrol stations being targeted in robberies.

The "regular targeting" of stores that sell cigarettes had become a "real concern for police" in the past several months, national prevention manager Superindendent Eric Tibbott said.

"Police is concerned at any increase in crime, including robberies of service stations, dairies and other retailers," he said.

"We know that cigarettes and tobacco have always been popular with thieves, and these small, high-value items are often targeted by criminals committing small business burglaries and robberies."

The stolen items were often on-sold online or to family and friends, he said.

A number of service station and dairy robberies have made headlines in 2017, with a 17-year-old on Wednesday arrested over an incident at the Dannevirke Caltex last week.

Police this week also said they had also arrested 15 people over nine separate robberies of the same Christchurch dairy.

The 24-hour Night 'n Day dairy in Woolston was robbed on six separate occasions between August and December last year and several more this year.

The two men accused of robbing the BP in Rolleston, one disguised in an animal onesie, have also been arrested.

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