Central Hawke’s Bay Police have made arrests in relation to a break-in at the Tavistock Dairy in Waipukurau Friday Morning.
Police were alerted at 3.15am to the break-in.
Several youths entered the store by smashing the front door.
Sergeant Damion Davies said local staff, jointly with Hastings Police, have managed to make two arrests.
He said inquiries are ongoing to identify the remaining group.
Mr Davies said a number of packets of cigarettes and the cash register containing a small amount of cash was taken.
The items are still outstanding, and Police are continuing to gather information to try and recover them.
Mr Davies said the youth involved in this incident “aren’t local to the CHB area”.
Central Hawke’s Bay has taken delivery of just over 300 Santa Sacks to be distributed to children in need this Christmas.
A team of volunteers from the Central Hawke’s Bay Christmas Spirit joined Police officers, firefighters, and an army of other volunteers at Craggy Range Winery, where over 4000 Santa Sacks were packed.
Craggy Range has supported the initiative since 2018, with over 20,000 parcels donated around Hawke’s Bay.
Catherine Ashby, representing the CHB Community Christmas Spirit, said without the support from Craggy Range and their amazing supporters and sponsors, there is no way they could bring the Christmas spirit to so many children in CHB.
The Christmas Spirit is currently taking donations of gifts at Tim Chote Appliances in Waipawa, the Civic Theatre Waipukurau, and Te Huinga Wai – The Knowledge and Learning Hub in Waipukurau.
Donations are being taken right up until Christmas.
Central Hawke’s Bay College Principal, Lance Christiansen, paid tribute to three long-serving staff members who are leaving the school at the recent Senior Prizegiving.
Gayle Dean-Fuller is retiring as the school librarian after 33 years, with teacher Anne Martin taking a well-deserved retirement after 38 years.
Head of Faculty for Arts and Languages, and Head of Department for Maori, Marino Tiuka, is leaving the College after 22 years to take up a Deputy Principals role in Taradale.
Mr Christiansen also thanked teacher aide Di Murphy, who is retiring.