A man charged with multiple offences in the armed robbery of The Warehouse in Dargaville in which more than $242,000 worth of jewellery and nearly $28,000 in cash and cheques was stolen, has admitted the offence.
Kaipara Anderson,18, appeared in the Whangarei District Court on five charges of kidnapping, and charges of aggravated robbery and possession of cannabis for supply. He was remanded for sentence on October 26.
Two other people allegedly involved in the robbery offences are still before the court and cannot be named.
Anderson and an alleged accomplice broke into The Warehouse armed with .22 calibre rifle, scissors and a screwdriver.
Five night staff were held up and tied with electrical cord and held in a toilet facility, while a duty manager was forced to open a safe from which the money and jewellery was taken, as well as personal property from the manager.
The staff members freed themselves shortly after the incident and contacted police.
Anderson claimed he was paid $400 by an unknown person to help with the aggravated robbery. None of the stolen cash has been recovered.