Armed robber shocks guard outside grammar office
An Auckland school became the centre of a crime scene on Wednesday when an Armourguard van was robbed outside its reception area.
Auckland city police communications manager Noreen Hegarty says the van pulled up outside Epsom Girls Grammar’s administration block and the Armourguard person went in to the school to collect items from the cashier.
She says he then returned to the vehicle and put the money inside.
“He was confronted by a man with a firearm and ordered to reopen the truck.”
Ms Hegarty says the offender took items, understood to be a mix of money and cheques, from the back of the truck and then made his getaway in a van.
She says the van, a stolen vehicle, was recovered in a side street off Mountain Rd within an hour of the incident.
Principal Madeline Gunn says reception staff saw what was happening through the glass-walled reception entrance.
“The Armourguard van was parked outside and they robbed him of a box. Staff observed this.
“It is lucky no students were around. It was the end of the lunch hour.”
Ms Gunn says the Armourguard van comes to the school when there is money to be picked up.
“It wouldn’t be a large amount.”
Police were called to the job at 1.33pm on Wednes- day and believe three offenders were involved.
Ms Hegarty says the offenders drove down Gillies Ave after the robbery.
She says the Armourguard van and the stolen van are both undergoing forensic testing.
“There have been no ar- rests made at this time.”
Police are auditing what was taken and continuing investigations into the matter.
Robbed: The Armourguard van which was the centre of Wednesday’s robbery.