In March, Robbie Chamberlain was working late in his business on Wolverton Street. Around 1am he heard someone breaking into one of his cars outside, so he went out to investigate. He confronted the young man, and in the ensuing altercation Robbie knocked him down.
As he turned, he got a surprise of his own! He realised that he had walked past a second unseen offender who had been in the back seat of a vehicle checking out the contents of the boot. This bloke came out of the car towards Robbie, armed with a knife. Defending himself, Robbie landed a few good punches, disarming the offender in the process. At this point the two thieves had had enough and decided to retreat, hopefully to never return.
Robbie captained the West Auckland Admirals Ice Hockey team for 8 years before retiring last year, and also competed in kick boxing for about ten years but has never experienced anything like that before. With his fight-or-flight instincts fully kicked in, Robbie says he was more pumped up on adrenalin than he has ever been in any competition.
With the benefit of hindsight, Robbie says he would now do things differently. Instead of confronting an offender he would try to discreetly observe the person while attempting to get Police onsite so that an arrest could be made. It is fortunate that Robbie could handle himself in this situation, but he readily admits the outcome could have been very different.
Despite the knife being handed in to Police, the offenders in this case have not been identified so far.
Blockhouse Bay locals Robbie and his wife Heather are the second-generation owners of MG Rover NZ. They specialise in servicing Land Rovers, meeting hundreds of people each year who are passionate about British vehicles.
They also enjoy the opportunity to help people in a tangible way, offering a second chance at life to people many other employers wouldn’t risk.