Dairy in South Canterbury township of St Andrews robbed at knifepoint


New Delhi, January 06, 2019:  A man has been charged with aggravated robbery of a dairy in the small South Canterbury township of St Andrews.

Police said the Friday afternoon incident at the St Andrews Store Milk Bar Dairy allegedly involved a knife.

A 21-year-old Timaru man was arrested in Timaru not long after the incident and appeared in the Timaru District Court on Saturday on a charge of aggravated robbery. He was remanded in custody.

Police would not say what items were taken as the investigation was ongoing. The owners of the dairy have declined to comment according to stuff.co.nz.  

Police are also seeking anyone who witnessed a red BMW car with no licence plates in the St Andrews area between 4pm and 5.30pm on Friday as they believe the vehicle was related to the robbery. They do not believe the car was stolen.

The robbery was part of a busy weekend for South Canterbury police with several properties in rural areas being hit with thefts.

– A farm property in the Waimate district was burgled on Friday and a mower and several power tools were taken.

– A burglary was reported at a Levels property on Saturday. The house was ransacked, with a trailer, bike and car among the property taken from the property. The car and other stolen items were retrieved later that day in Ashburton.

– In the St Andrews area, a silver ute is being sought in connection with the theft of a ride on lawn mower and a trailer on Friday around 2pm.


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