An arrest warrant has been issued for a 17-year-old the police are seeking for a dairy robbery in North New Brighton last week.
Cigarette lighters and filters were taken when Jenny’s Dairy in Bowhill Rd, was raided by three men about 8.30am on May 28.
The police published photographs of one of the men, and the black Subaru Impreza getaway car.
Now the police have issued charging documents for Bronx Winiata, 17, alleging he carried out the robbery of the dairy “with persons unknown”.
They have also charged him with attempting to enter the New World supermarket in Woolston the day before the robbery, with intent to commit theft, and unlawfully taking the car.
The case was called in the Christchurch District Court today before Community Magistrate Leigh Langridge.
Winiata was not there and the police handed up a report on the efforts they had made to find him so far.
The community magistrate said the report detailed “why the police are unable to serve a summons on this man”.
She said: “I am satisfied there is sufficient reason to issue a warrant to arrest, based on the evidence they have.”
Police today issued an appeal for public help to locate the offenders responsible for three other dairy robberies that have taken place in Christchurch in the last few days.
No-one was injured in the Jenny’s Dairy robbery. The police allege the same car and group of people were involved in an attempted burglary at the supermarket at 4.15am the day before.