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Two Suspects Arrested In Papatoetoe Jewellery Store Robbery

The police have made significant progress in the investigation of last month’s brutal armed robbery at Pooja Jewellers in Papatoetoe, arresting more suspects linked to the violent crime.

On June 23, store owner Gurdeep Singh was savagely attacked with a hammer during a robbery, suffering a fractured skull. The incident left the community shaken and outraged.

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Detective Inspector Karen Bright of Counties Manukau CIB announced that four search warrants were executed in Mt Roskill, Mt Albert, and Papatoetoe on Thursday, leading to the capture of two key suspects. “The investigation team located two persons of interest at separate addresses and took them into custody,” said Bright.

Previously, police arrested three teenagers—aged 15, 16, and 17—in connection with the robbery. “Today’s arrests bring the total to five, marking significant progress in our efforts to bring justice for the heinous events of that Sunday evening,” Bright added.

Among the latest arrests, a 36-year-old woman was found at a Mt Albert address and charged with being an accessory after the fact to aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property. A 33-year-old man, arrested at another Mt Albert location, faces charges related to breaches of bail.

Both are set to appear in the Manukau District Court today. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old suspect apprehended in Mt Roskill last month on charges of aggravated robbery will face the Manukau Youth Court on Thursday.

Bright assured the public that the investigation is far from over. “Our team is working tirelessly, and further arrests and charges cannot be ruled out,” she said, underscoring the relentless pursuit of justice in this case.

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