Pizza Hut robbed at gunpoint
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.