Two men arrested, charged with robbing Countdown supermarkets

News from NZ Police
Palmerston North Police have arrested and charged two men, an 18 year-old and 22 year-old, in connection with the aggravated robberies of Broadway Countdown on 23 December and Feilding Countdown on 27 December.

They will appear in the Palmerston North District Court today each facing two counts of aggravated robbery. Bail is opposed by Police.

Detective Sergeant Ashley Gurney said: “It is likely that at subsequent court appearances that they will face charges in connection with the incident at the Kelvin Grove Countdown on 23 December.”

“The information and support provided from members of the public in all three incidences assisted significantly with this result and is greatly appreciated by Police.”

News from NZ Police – December 28
The Feilding Countdown supermarket was last night robbed by a disguised man armed with a hammer.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant David Thompson said: “A disguised man entered the store at 9.45pm and robbed two cashiers of a quantity of cash. It appears that this male has been armed with a hammer.”

After leaving the store it is believed that he ran in the Bailey/Denbigh Street direction.

“No one was hurt during the robbery but staff members were clearly shaken with what had occurred.”

The male is described as light skinned, thin build, approximately 5 10′ to 6 ft. He was wearing long pants and a blue hoodie.

“This robbery is now the third that has occurred in the last few days where Countdown supermarkets have been targeted,” said Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Thompson.

Countdown is reviewing security at their stores and is increasing security as a result of these recent robberies.

“Police want to speak with anyone who was in the Countdown store at the time of the robbery and also to anyone that may have seen a male running in the Bailey, Denbigh, and York Street area of Feilding at around 9.45pm to 10.00pm yesterday evening.”

Police encourage anyone who has any information regarding the robbery at Countdown Feilding to contact Detective Shane Brown of the Feilding Police on (06) 323 6363, or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

December 24:
Disguised man robs two Countdown supermarkets in Palmerston North

 

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