Arrests follow dairy robbery

The owner of Big Johns Dairy was taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment after his popular dairy was robbed this afternoon. Photo Carmen Bird

Two men – aged 26 and 43 – and a 35-year-old female have been arrested following the aggravated robbery of Big Johns Dairy in Pakuranga around 3pm this afternoon.

Police were called by a member of the public who saw people run from the dairy and get into a waiting vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Nathan Reid said police observed the vehicle on Te Irirangi Drive and activated their red and blue lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

“The vehicle was pursued through East Tamaki and Otara where it eventually stopped on Israel Avenue,” he said.

Three people have been charged following the robbery today. Photo Carmen Bird

“A foot chase was initiated after persons were seen fleeing the vehicle. The three occupants from the vehicle were taken into custody.”

The owner of the dairy suffered facial injuries during the robbery where cigarettes were taken. He was taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment.

The three accused have been formally charged and held in custody. They are due to appear in the Manukau District Court on Tuesday, April 17.