Canterbury Police are investigating two armed robberies in Aranui that they believe may be linked.
The first, on Saturday, January 31, took place at 5.40pm at a dairy on the corner of Breezes Road and Pages Road. Witnesses reported that two men entered the dairy armed with a hammer. They left with a quantity of cash and tobacco.
At 7.30am this morning a dairy on Hampshire Street was the target. A man is understood to have entered the Dairy armed with a hammer. He left with a small quantity of cash and was chased down the street by the shop owner.
A man involved in at least one of the robberies is described as being Maori, 175cm to 200cm tall, heavy build and in his mid 20’s.
“A number of factors have led us to believe that the two incidents are linked including sightings of the same vehicle at both locations. We are following up on some leads but cannot reveal any more specific information at this time as it may compromise our ongoing inquiries,” explained Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.
Canterbury Police are urging anyone who witnessed either incident or has any information relating to the incidents to contact them by calling 363 7400 and selecting option 5.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.