Teen in custody for dairy robbery, supermarket raid

A Woolston teenager is in custody charged with the robbery of a North New Brighton dairy and an attempted raid on a supermarket.

Tai McDermott, 19, was remanded in custody when he appeared before a community magistrate at the Christchurch District Court today.

He is next due to appear by video-link from the prison on July 20, after the first appearance and remand without plea.

His charges are linked to another teenager for whom the police issued charges three weeks ago even though they were not able to find him.

That was Bronx Winiata, aged 17, who is jointly charged with McDermott for three offences. When the charges were laid, Winiata was alleged to have committed the offences “with persons unknown”.

The police now allege that one of those persons was McDermott and the charges also name a third person.

They say the group was in a car that had been unlawfully taken overnight on May 28-29, in Christchurch – a Subaru Impreza.

They allege the group attempted to break into the New World supermarket in Woolston, with intent to commit theft. They issued photographs of the men at the supermarket’s glass doors, while it was closed at 4.15am.

A few hours later, about 8.30am, they say three people were involved in robbing Jenny’s Dairy in Bowhill Road, North New Brighton, of Boomerang cigarette filters and a box of Easylite lighters.

No-one was hurt in the robbery.

After laying the charges against Winiata, the police detailed the efforts they had made to find him and a community magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. The Christchurch District Court says that warrant has not yet been executed and he remains at large.

About the time the police laid the charges, they appealed for information from the public to help identify offenders who carried out a series of dairy robberies in Christchurch in the first week of June. They said they particularly wanted to hear about anyone offering cut-price cigarettes or selling an unusually large amount.

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