Staff ‘shaken’ after armed restaurant robbery
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.