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Store owner hopes robber has learned

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A co-owner of the Kakanui Store hopes the man that allegedly robbed the business on Tuesday afternoon has got such a fright, he will “never put a foot wrong again”.

Several officers swarmed on the Kakanui Store in High St, which also houses a liquor outlet, about 2.55pm after it was reported a man wearing a dark jacket and with his face disguised by black cloth and sunglasses, entered the premises brandishing a firearm.

Two teams of police dog handlers were also called to assist.

Police confirmed a 20-year-old Oamaru man was arrested at an Oamaru address about 12.30pm yesterday and charged with aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of ammunition.

He is set to appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

Rodger Bungard, who co-owns the business with wife Inday Bungard, was angry the store had been targeted and said Mrs Bungard remained “pretty shaken” after the experience.

It was the first time the couple had been robbed in the 15 years they had owned the business, he said.

“You own a shop so there’s always a possibility, but you think it’s going to be 2 o’clock in the morning, not 3 in the afternoon when everyone’s around.

“It’s a relief knowing the guy’s been caught and there’s not someone out there running around with a gun.”

Mr Bungard hoped the man responsible would think hard about his actions and not repeat them.

“He’s probably got such a fright … he’ll never put a foot wrong again.”

The couple, who recently sold the store and will hand it over to the new owners on October 19, had received a lot of support from the community, Mr Bungard said.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Booth, of Oamaru, said police were not actively seeking anyone else in relation to the robbery.

“Our inquiries are focused on the movements of the offender. We’re still speaking with witnesses, but we would like to thank members of the public for their help so far to get us to this stage.”

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

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