The dairy worker who was fatally stabbed last night had an altercation with the offender as he was putting part of a cash register in a wheelie bin, police say.
Auckland City CIB Detective Inspector Scott Beard said after the robbery of the Rose Cottage Superette about 8pm the offender left the store with the cash register drawer and walked about 100 metres towards Duncan Avenue in Sandringham.
“He is seen on CCTV footage stopping at a household wheelie bin and placing the drawer inside.
“At this point the victim has approached him and an altercation has taken place, at which time the victim has received several stab wounds.”
Police believed the offender had left with the wheelie bin and continued walking towards Duncan Avenue, Beard said.
The victim managed to make his way back to the dairy where emergency services were called, and first aid administered.
The offender was wearing all dark clothing – black shoes, cap and a long-sleeved top.
He was also wearing black pants with white writing down the left leg, along with a black and white bandana across his face.
There was white writing on the cap and the pants which police believed was the word ‘Raiders’.
“Police acknowledge the incident last night will have deeply shocked the wider community,” Beard said.
“We want to reassure people we are working hard to identify the offender and hold him to account.”
Police were supporting the victim’s family and its ethnic liaison officers were working with community leaders.
People would continue to see an increased presence in the area as reassurance patrols, an area canvas and the scene examination continued.
We still need to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident take place or saw the offender on foot afterwards.
Police also ask Sandringham residents to check their CCTV and dash cameras, leading up to and after the incident.
It was possible the offender was walking around the nearby area before the initial robbery took place.
Anyone with footage or information could contact police via 105 or online, using ‘Update My Report’ quoting file number 221123/3847.
Story Credit: rnz.co.nz