New Brighton dairy robbed at gunpoint for second time

A New Brighton dairy owner has been robbed again with one offender allegedly pointing a pistol at her and her mother on Thursday night.

The Beachcomber Dairy on Rawson St was held up about 9pm allegedly by three men between the ages of 18-19 armed with a pistol, police said.

No one was hurt in the latest robbery.

In June 2014, 19-year-old Taukiri Manuell used a .22 golden pistol in an attempt to rob the dairy for money to buy synthetic cannabis.

He fled empty-handed in a taxi he had left parked nearby and was apprehended by armed police at an Aranui property a short time later.

Judge Jane Farish jailed him two years, eight months in September 2014.

The owner of the dairy, who only wanted to be called Zeny, said the latest alleged offenders fled on foot with “all the cigarettes” and some cash.

She said when the entered to shop one of the alleged offenders pointed the pistol at her and her mother.

Her mother got on the floor, while Zeny ran out of the shop.

“I was standing in the middle of the road screaming for help,” she said.

A man stopped and tried to grab one of the offenders and “punch him”, she said.

A woman who also heard her cries for help started yelling at the offenders as they fled on foot.

“We were all yelling, I don’t know what was being said,” Zeny said.

Police have released descriptions of the alleged offenders.

One was wearing a red Chicago Bulls basketball singlet, black bandanna and black pants.

The second person was wearing a black hoodie, long black trousers, a blue bandanna and a black beanie and the third person was wearing a light coloured bucket hat, a puffer jacket and grey or khaki three-quarter length shorts.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the robbery to phone 363 7400 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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