Teen Admits Part in Dairy Robbery

September 11, 2017



A dairy robbery was just one of a spate of crimes a Palmerston North teen has

admitted carrying out.


Cheyenne Paahi, 19, pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court on Monday to robbing the Rangiora Avenue Mini Mart on 1st of May and will be sentenced in December. Paahi was among five people who, wearing disguises, stormed the Mini Mart armed with weapons, including a firearm and a bat.


The 17-year-old minding the store was ordered to move away from the till and lie on the ground, where he was then kicked in the head by one of Paahi's co-offenders.


Paahi and another person gathered cigarettes, cash and chocolate and stuffed them into pillowcases while another accomplice aimed a firearm at the shop assistant. Another person, brandishing a baseball bat, smashed a computer screen before the group ran from the store.


But Paahi's crimes didn't stop there. He went on to steal two bags, break into vehicles and was later found unlawfully in a yard. Judge Lance Rowe said "as far as dairy robberies go, this is as close to as bad as it gets".


Owner Jayesh Patel hopes a harsh punishment will be handed down to deter others from committing the same crime.


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