Porirua police are investigating two serious crimes this weekend — an attempted robbery at a foodmart by a man wielding a knife; and an arson attack on a home .
In the attempted robbery mid-morning on Saturday, a man wearing a balaclava ( see shop photo,left, from security camera) has walked into the Foodmart on Fantame Street and threatened the owner with a large knife.
Detective Sergeant Christiaan Barnard says: “He demanded cash, which prompted the victim to run to the back of the store out of fear. The offender has run from the store heading north on Fantame Street on foot.
“He was waring a distinctive hoody which was black in the torso with red and black sleeves, camouflage pants, and a black balaclava with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth.”
Police are seeking sightings of this man in the Waitangirua area around 10:30am on Saturday.
If anyone has any information about this incident, they should contact the Porirua Police on 04 238 1400.
Or the information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Arson set kitchen ablaze
In the other major incident, the arson attack took place early on Saturday morning.
Det/Sgt Barnard says: “The (woman) occupant of a house in Champion Street has gone to use the toilet and discovered that her kitchen was ablaze.
“After raising the alarm, she and the other two people at the flat were able to escape without suffering serious injuries.
“The fire was extinguished by the Fire Service and was limited to the kitchen area, which suffered smoke damage.”
Police are seeking sightings of suspicious behaviour around the corner of Hereford Street and Champion Street, including in the park area next to Cannons Creek School.
If anyone has any information about this incident, they should contact the Porirua Police on 04 238 1400 — or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.