Pair arrested over jewellery store robbery

Police launched an investigation after two men robbed a Botany Town Centre store on January 10. Times photo Wayne Martin

Two people have been arrested and charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery of an east Auckland store.

Counties Manukau Police say two offenders held up a jewellery store at Botany Town Centre on January 10.

One of the suspects was armed with a shotgun, detective senior sergeant Veronica McPherson said at the time.

“A quantity of jewellery has been taken. These offenders fled the shopping centre on a moped shortly afterward.

“This moped was later located in the nearby East Tamaki area and is being examined.”

Police carried out a scene examination at the store after the incident and launched an investigation.

On January 20, police publicly announced they had made two arrests over the robbery.

“We arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault over the incident.

“We have also recently arrested a 41-year-old man in relation to the incident.

“He is also charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.”

The 22-year-old appeared in the Auckland District Court while the 41-year-old appeared in the Manukau District Court.

People with information on the robbery of the jewellery store at the Botany Town Centre on January 10 can phone police on 261 1300 and quote the file number 210110/5931, or phone the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.