Man charged after Auckland CBD dairy robbed at gunpoint

Vincent Mini Mart was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight on Saturday.
Vincent Mini Mart was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight on Saturday. Photo credit: Google Maps

A man has been arrested and charged after an Auckland CBD dairy was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday.

The incident occurred around 2:30pm, when a man approached the counter of the Vincent Mini Mart on Vincent St, presented a firearm and demanded money.

The sole staff member that day was an 18-year-old trainee who was working his first weekend shift.

The armed man fled the scene with cash, heading in the direction of the Hopetoun St Bridge.

On Tuesday, a police spokesperson confirmed a 30-year-old man had been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

He is expected to appear in Auckland District Court on Tuesday.

"We hope this arrest provides the victims with some degree of comfort following what was an extremely frightening incident."

The dairy owner's wife, who did not want to be identified, has praised the trainee as "brave" and "courageous" for remaining calm and alerting the police after the incident.

She told Newshub on Monday that they would not be returning to work after the incident.

"He's not coming back to work. I totally understand the feelings of his parents, I'm a mum myself," she said.

"I just don't want him to feel traumatised. I would really like him to come back again, even for one day, with me and my husband around.

"I don't want him to have this as a last memory of this area and the shop."