Tuesday, May 4, 2010

10 Year Old Girl A Hero In New Plymouth Dairy Robbery

  The Taranaki Daily News is carrying a story about an amazing little girl who phoned police whilst a gang of robbers held a gun to her Dad's head. Just look at the ages of the thugs responsible - the youngest was only 14, not much older than the girl herself.

Police managed to catch them but her father thinks that teenagers are dealt with too leniently in New Zealand, his business has been robbed numerous times over the last 4 years:
"A 10-year-old girl kept her cool and rang police while a gang of teenage robbers held a gun at her father's head.

Five youths, two aged 17 and three aged 14, burst into the Belt Rd Dairy in New Plymouth about 6.30pm on Sunday and threatened the owner with what appeared to be a pistol.

Owner Ben Sun praised his quick-thinking daughter yesterday.

"She went out the back and rung the police and told them what was happening," Mr Sun said.

He was pleased the offenders were caught quickly but believed teenagers were dealt with too softly in New Zealand.

His eight-year-old son didn't want the family working in the dairy any more.

"He says it is not safe," Mr Sun said.

The business has been robbed numerous times during the past four years.

New Plymouth CIB Detective Sergeant Greg Gray said the group grabbed a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco and cash before leaving the shop...more"

It's been a bad few days for dairies in New Zealand, with another shop in Palmerston North also robbed by armed kids yesterday. That was attributed to the recent hike in tobacco tax.
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1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 05, 2010

    Plucky Asian girl!

    Too old to be related to this Ben Sun, I assume:

    The Hudson survey found we lose about 22,000 skilled migrants a year because expectations are not met. Ben Sun, from China, may turn into one of those casualties.

    The 23-year-old graduated with a Unitec degree in international communications and has six months to find a job before his visa runs out.

    He took courses in Maori and volunteered at his local citizens' advice bureau to get Kiwi experience. The straight A student has sent more than 60 CVs to employers. He hasn't had a reply.

    "Most of the Kiwis on my course have found jobs already, but I am Chinese and it is extremely difficult." Ben wants to stay but says the barriers are stacked against "outsiders".


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