Pizza Hut robbed at gun­point

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

A Levin fast food out­let was robbed at gun­point on Fri­day night.

Po­lice were called around 10pm af­ter a man en­tered the Pizza Hut store on Ox­ford Street bran­dish­ing a hand gun.

He de­manded money and left with $200 to $300 in cash.

Fran­chise owner Vinod Kas­turi said it was the first time in his five years run­ning the busi­ness that it had been robbed.

A fe­male em­ployee was work­ing at the time of the rob­bery and had come face to face with the man threat­en­ing her with the gun.

Mr Kas­turi said the em­ployee was un­harmed but shaken, and the busi­ness was of­fer­ing her sup­port and some time off work.

The rob­bery was cap­tured on CCTV footage, and they had pho­to­graphs of the of­fender, who was un­der­stood to be a white male.

The busi­ness was work­ing with po­lice to es­tab­lish the iden­tity of the man.

A per­son as­so­ci­ated with the store, who did not want to be named, said he be­lieved the rob­ber had tried to tar­get an­other fast food out­let first but had no luck, so he had moved on to Pizza Hut. Po­lice did not con­firm this. A nearby petrol sta­tion closed as a pre­cau­tion on hear­ing of the rob­bery, as the of­fender had not been ap­pre­hended. Po­lice con­firmed of­fi­cers were called to the ag­gra­vated rob­bery, and en­quiries were on­go­ing.

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