Bomb threat made over a pie

Police at the scene of the robbery. Photos: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

A man threatened a Mount Maunganui store attendant with a bomb after he refused to handover a pie.

The incident unfolded at the Park Minimart and Takeaways, when a man walked into the store and demanded a pie.

The owner’s son was working at the time and she says when her son refused to give the man a pie, he claimed to have a bomb in his bag.

The store owner says her son then handed over the pie and the offender walked away.

A police spokesperson says police were notified around 6.25pm night that a man had gone into a shop on Maunganui Road and asked for a pie.

"When the person in the shop refused, the man said he had a bomb in his bag. He was then given the pie and left on foot.

"Police have attended, and are making further inquiries." 

Talking to SunLive after the robbery, the owner says he son never thought anything like this would happen as there were cameras pointing right at him.

“It’s very scary.”

It’s understood the offender is still on the run.

A police spokesperson says the incident is being treated as a robbery.

People with information about the robbery are asked to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.



Posted on 16-12-2017 15:14 | By morepork

If he was likely to simply bash the storekeeper he wouldn’t go through the pretense of a bomb threat. He’d simply produce a weapon (as he didn’t have one, he invented one...) and demand the pie. You have no idea whether he would have resorted to violence and this decision might also depend on the storekeeper’s response, demeanour, and stature. A calm, measured response is less likely to provoke the violence you immediately assume, and there is no reason at all to assume that a person who is hungry is also necessarily violent. If he is offered a way to achieve what he wants without risk to himself, it is likely he will take that opportunity. I give you credit for being short-sighted, unimaginative, and stupid; traits which you consistently show in posts here. At least you are consistent.

How naive

Posted on 15-12-2017 17:42 | By maildrop

Well obviously he didn’t have a bomb. Not unless he went to the bomb shop and nicked one on route to the pie shop. If the shopkeeper had followed Moreporky advice they would be in hospital now. There is more chance of snow on Christmas Day, than a bludger who has just made a threat, then agreeing to sweep up. He would have just bashed them. You should buy a dairy Morepork - test your theory. Haha.

Wouldn't you...

Posted on 14-12-2017 14:49 | By morepork

... just say:"OK, show me the bomb..."? (If he can’t afford to buy a pie, it is extremely unlikely he can afford to make a bomb...) Having established there is no real threat, perhaps the REAL problem (a hungry guy with no cash) could be addressed. I’d give him the pie, in exchange for something within his capability... maybe sweep the shop, (and throw in a coffee afterwards if he did a proper job.) If he actually DID have a bomb, I’d hand the pie over and tell him I’m sorry he has come to this. Conflict can be resolved; it doesn’t HAVE to be violent.

I hope he....

Posted on 14-12-2017 13:51 | By GreertonBoy

remembered to grab some tomato sauce on the way out... I hate stealing a pie and forgetting the sauce... DoH!!

he ate all the pies

Posted on 14-12-2017 09:11 | By carma g

hope he remembered to blow on pie


Posted on 14-12-2017 08:02 | By maildrop

Obviously a hungry vagrant. Not too far from Coronation Park where they hang out. Shouldn’t be too hard to track down if the cops can be bothered.

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