31 Mar 2012

Search for knife-wielding woman

7:10 pm on 31 March 2012

The police in Tauranga are searching for a woman who tried to hold up a superette with a knife.

The woman entered the shop in the suburb of Arataki at about 3pm on Saturday, brandishing the weapon and demanding money.

The shop attendant activated a panic alarm and the offender ran off empty-handed.

The police say the woman is Maori, aged between 17 and 25, and was wearing a purple top, black pants and blue shoes.

She had a blue scarf with white dots on her head, and was last seen running down Omanu Way into Maranui Street.