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Man Accused Of String Of Robberies Back In Court

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Tauranga, Oct 14 NZPA - A Rotorua man accused of a string of armed robberies in Hamilton and Auckland is also charged with a recent service station hold-up in Tauranga.

Roger Kenneth Baller made his second brief appearance in two days before Judge James O'Donovan in Tauranga District Court this morning.

Lawyer Glenn Dickson made no application for bail and Baller was further remanded in custody until December 2 for a pre-depositions hearing.

He has not yet entered pleas on five charges of aggravated robbery, two of burglary and one of receiving stolen property.

The Tauranga count relates to the robbery of Brookfield Mobil service station two weeks ago, when the attendant was threatened with a knife.

Between July 6 and September 29, police also allege Baller held up two Caltex service stations in Hamilton and a Shell station in Manukau, taking cash and tobacco products.

In addition, he is alleged to have robbed a Video Ezy in Hamilton.

The burglaries he is accused of were at two Hamilton motels which lost television sets, DVD and CD players and household items totalling $4953.

Police say Baller received a stolen car worth $4000 in Auckland.

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