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Petrol station robbery victim afraid to return to work

Antoinette Spicer
Police release CCTV of robbery

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery of a service station on Sunday night. Around 7:30pm, three men entered the Challenge on Hills Road in Edgeware. They were armed with weapons, and stolen tobacco and cigarettes. They arrived in a blue hatchback, possibly a Subaru Impreza, which approached from and left in the direction of Avalon Street. If you can help, please contact Christchurch Police on (03) 363 7400, and quote file number 180827/3889. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted by Canterbury Police on Monday, 27 August 2018

Three men with weapons robbed the Challenge petrol station on Hills Rd, Edgeware, on Sunday night.

The man working at the petrol station at the time said the men stole cigarettes. The worker did not wish to be named.

"I had no time to protect myself and hide in the office," he said.

"There was yelling, and it was too scary, and I was yelling as well, I was trying to encourage myself and scare them."

The worker said people in the area resorted to robbing the station because they were addicted to cigarettes and could not afford their expensive habit. 

"I mean, to be honest, these guys who live in [this area] don't have jobs... and it's very common for poor people to smoke and they don't have money," he said.

The worker was scheduled to work on Monday but was told to stay home and rest.

He said he did not know if he would ever be ready to go back to work.

Police are still investigating the robbery.

A nearby resident, who saw the men flee, said they looked to be teenagers or in their early 20s.

The owner of the Challenge petrol station, Da Wang, declined to comment.

Aggravated robbery

A petrol station worker speaks about an aggravated robbery.