1 Aug 2023

Helicopter, police dog used to track teens after store robbed

9:39 am on 1 August 2023
The police Eagle helicopter.

The police's Eagle helicopter. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Five youths have been arrested after an aggravated robbery at a store in Waikato.

Police say the robbery happened at a store on Market Street in Pōkeno about 6.15pm on Monday.

The youths fled in a vehicle, and a police chase included using the Eagle helicopter, and then a police dog to track the group after they abandoned their vehicle.

Five youths were taken into custody at an address on Island Block Road, where officers also seized alcohol and weapons.

Police say charges are being considered and they will appear in the Youth Court at some stage.