Police are appealing for public help to identify the offenders who carried out a series of dairy robberies in Christchurch this week.
They particularly want to hear about anyone offering cut-price cigarettes or tobacco, or selling an unusually large amount.
The police Area Prevention Manager for Canterbury, Acting Inspector Paul Reeves, said: “Someone will know the people involved in these crimes and we urge them to come forward.
“Police would also like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious before or after the robberies or anyone that may have heard anything in relation to them.
“If anyone is offered cut-price or unusual quantities of cigarettes or tobacco, please contact police immediately.
“Police have visited numerous dairies, takeaway shops and service stations throughout the city to review security measures and provide prevention advice and we are committed to keeping the community safe.
“We urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it to police immediately. If there are dairy owners who want advice on keeping themselves safe please contact their local police station.”
People can also pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact the Christchurch Police on: (03) 363 7400