Armed rob­ber shocks guard out­side gram­mar of­fice

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Robbed: The Ar­mour­guard van which was the cen­tre of Wed­nes­day’s rob­bery.

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