Staff ‘shaken’ af­ter armed restau­rant rob­bery

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SIMON DAY and EMMA WHIT­TAKER

The hunt for a man who al­legedly robbed a McDon­ald’s at gun­point is con­tin­u­ing.

Po­lice say a man wear­ing a bala­clava and car­ry­ing a long-bar­relled firearm en­tered the Grey Lynn McDon­ald’s at about 1.50am on Mon­day.

He jumped the counter and de­manded to be taken to the safe.

An un­known sum of money, es­ti­mated to be in the hun­dreds, was taken.

‘‘It was a rel­a­tively small amount be­cause we don’t keep that much money in stores,’’ McDon­ald’s spokesman Simon Kenny says.

The per­son tak­ing the man to the safe was pushed with the bar­rel of the gun and was later taken to a nearby ac­ci­dent and emer­gency clinic. ‘‘It was just a pre­cau­tion. ‘‘He is OK and at home,’’ Mr Kenny says.

The five other staff work­ing at the time have been of­fered coun­selling by the com­pany.

‘‘They were all def­i­nitely shaken,’’ Mr Kenny says.

Af­ter the rob­bery the man fled from the restau­rant and across the carpark, leav­ing a trail of stolen coins.

No cus­tomers were in the restau­rant when the rob­bery oc­curred, he says.

McDon­ald’s has around 160 restau­rants open at night across the coun­try and armed rob­beries are un­com­mon, Mr Kenny says.

He says the com­pany will look into its se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures as a mat­ter of course.

Some larger stores do have se­cu­rity guards on busier nights like Fri­days and Satur­days.

A po­lice spokes­woman says the al­leged of­fender was dark skinned and was wear­ing a heavy green jacket with a black hoodie.

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