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Tomahawk used in Nelson dairy robbery

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017

A man has used a tomahawk to smash a glass display during a robbery at a Nelson diary.

Police say the man entered the Tahuna On the Spot Dairy in Muritai Street just before 5pm on Wednesday, carrying the tomahawk.

He threw a bag at the shop owner and demanded the money from the till.

After smashing the glass display, he reached over and took cash from the till and cigarettes from a cupboard behind the counter.

Detective Dean Schroder says the dairy owner was able to lock himself in the rear of the store and was not injured.

The man ran from the shop, heading south along Muritai Street.

He is described as aged 25 to 30 and of solid build, and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with distinctive designs on the chest and dark track pants.

"Someone will recognise this person," Det Schroder said.

He appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

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