Arrests made over aggravated robberies

Two people will face court over their alleged role in multiple serious incidents in Counties Manukau recently.

Counties Manukau’s Major Crime Team have been making enquiries following a report of an incident on Ferguson Road, Ōtara.

At about 6:22pm on Friday 26 May, a vehicle arrived at the location and three men have entered the premises before allegedly presenting a firearm and seriously assaulting the shopkeeper.

The offenders fled in a vehicle at the time.

Meanwhile, Police have also been investigating a report of an aggravated robbery at a liquor store on Ranfurly Road, Papatoetoe, on Friday 2 June.

A firearm was allegedly presented during the incident, however it was not discharged. The offenders fled the store shortly afterwards in a vehicle.

Enquiries to date suggested these two incidents are linked and on Wednesday Police executed search warrants at two Ōtara addresses.

Two people were subsequently located and taken into custody. A firearm was also recovered during the search.

The two males, aged 26 and 36, appeared in the Manukau District Court yesterday charged with aggravated robbery, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and injuring with intent to injure.

Detective Inspector Karen Bright, Counties Manukau CIB, says this is a pleasing result for those victims who were hurt.

“While those victims seriously assaulted have been recovering in a stable condition, they will still be coming to terms with the impact of what has occurred.

“Any acts of violence towards members of the public are unacceptable and Police have ensured support is in place for those impacted.

“We hope these arrests bring reassurance to the community that we have no tolerance for this type of behaviour.”

Detective Inspector Bright says this is reminder to those looking to cause harm to our local businesses that there are consequences.

“Police are actively investigating these serious incidents and will continue to bring resolutions to those who have been impacted.

“If you choose to participate in this type of unlawful behaviour, you can expect to be held to account.”

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.