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The offender armed with the baseball bat used it to smash a glass display cabinet that’s part of the shop’s counter, causing exten- sive damage. The other two offenders then went behind the counter and took about 100 packets of synthetic can- nabis from a drawer, before fleeing with the third suspect. A police dog unit called to the scene tracked the three men a short distance south of Green- mount Drive, but was unable to find the suspects. Police believe the men fled in a motor vehicle. Detective sergeant Glenn Wilkinson, of Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch, says it was a “brazen and well-planned attack”. “The men appeared to know exactly where the product was located,” he says. “They made no attempt to take anything else from the video shop or access the till, which contained cash. “It’s good to see the store attend- ant remained calm and did not do anything to cause harm to himself or add further aggression to the situation.” A second Video Expo store, in Manukau, was targeted by thieves who stole synthetic cannabis and cash from it last February. Police do not believe the two incidents are related. “We will be exploring all ave- nues in the course of the investiga- tion,” says Mr Wilkinson. “We are interested to hear from anyone who may know someone in possession of a large amount of synthetic cannabis.” The three men caught on secu- rity camera inside the East Tamaki Video Expo shop were wearing hooded tops covering their heads. “It’s important to note that knowingly receiving stolen goods is a crime,” says Mr Wilkinson. “It’s also a crime for a young person to be in possession of, buy or be sold synthetic cannabis. “With such a large amount of product on the streets, there’s a high chance these products will be sold to young people under 18. “We encourage anyone who knows something about where these stolen synthetic cannabis products are to contact us as soon as possible.” People with information on the theft of synthetic cannabis from the Video Expo store in Green- mount Drive, East Tamaki, at about 10.30am on March 2, can phone Mr Wilkinson on 213-9000, or the free and anonymous Crimestop- pers tip-off line on 0800-555-111. Police are working to identify the three men in this security camera image. Photo supplied Burglars sought by cops UP TO 700 young people are expected to descend on Edgewa- ter College on Sunday, April 6. At stake is the coveted title of Top School in the Pakuranga Rotary Club’s annual Tip Top Schools Day. Club and organising commit- tee member Peter Woodcock says 16 schools are confirmed for the event that has been held in Pakuranga for 15 years. “So far there are 67 teams of 10 starting. We can cope with only five more.” The year 3-6 school pupils will face eight fun but challenging tests of teamwork and skill, each lasting 10 minutes or less. Among the games are Sponge Bob wet pants, wobbly wheels, newspaper run, sledge-pulling, stilt-walking and stretcher-carry- ing over and through hurdles. Mr Woodcock says Sponge Bob wet pants is always a favourite activity for the kids. “The children get really wet and love it.” The day opens at 9.45am with a march past of teams, led by the Howick Brass Band, before Pakuranga Rotary Club president David Wardell officially declares the games open. More than 70 people from the Rotary club, their partners, Pakuranga Rotaract Club, and Interact club members from Edgewater and Pakuranga Col- leges will be on hand to run the day and associated food and drinks stalls. Based on the old TV series Top Town, the day is run by the club as a community service and is sponsored by Tip Top. SchoolS lining up to chaSe crown Economy on right course THE national economy continued to grow by more than 3 per cent in the year to last December. Finance Minister Bill English believes it confirms New Zealand remains on the right track under the Government’s economic programme. Statistics NZ figures show gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.9 per cent in the December quarter and 2.1 per cent in the second half of 2013. It took annual growth to 3.1 per cent, while average annual growth was 2.7. “Providing we stick with the Government’s successful programme, New Zealanders can lock in the economic gains we’re starting to see through more jobs and higher incomes,” says Mr English. “Business and consumer confidence remains high, manufacturing activity has been expanding for almost a year and a half and the current account deficit is less than half of what it was six years ago. “However, we still have plenty of work ahead to ensure these positive indicators are translated into real opportunities and progress for New Zealanders and their families.” The solid growth was widespread across the economy in the December quarter. Manufacturing made the largest contribution to quarterly GDP growth, increasing by 2.1 per cent, taking overall manufacturing activity to its highest level since March 2006. Wholesale trade, including machinery and equipment, increased 3.2 per cent in the quarter. Investment in plant, machinery and equipment was up by 7.5 per cent to its highest level since the series began. “ This confirms businesses are investing for the long-term to support productivity and higher wages,” says Mr English.
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