Shaken by bar rob­bery

North Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Knife-weild­ing rob­bers ac­costed a solo Huntly bar worker forc­ing her into a locked store­room be­fore flee­ing in her car.

The woman’s ve­hi­cle was then found burnt out on the back roads of Huntly fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s rob­bery at McGinty’s Turf bar.

About 9pm on Satur­day two men wear­ing masks ap­proached a staff mem­ber lock­ing up the bar on Main St, CIB De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Julie Cow­ley said.

After threat­en­ing her and gain­ing en­try, the of­fend­ers de­manded she open the safe and took money from it.

The pair then nabbed the woman’s car keys, locked her in the store­room, and fled in her sil­ver 2002 Toy­ota Al­lion saloon trav­el­ling north to­wards State High­way One.

The car was dis­cov­ered burnt out on Ralph Rd about 8.30am the next day.

Cow­ley said po­lice had ob­tained CCTV of the two men who are be­lieved to have been in­volved in another rob­bery out­side the Fruit King and Kbeez Fruit shops on Main Street 20 min­utes be­fore­hand.

Footage shows one man wear­ing a white mask, car­ry­ing a dark coloured bum bag.He is wear­ing a dark hooded sweat­shirt with a dark coloured t-shirt over top of it, dark pants and dark shoes with white soles and a white printed em­blem on the heel area.

He is of larger build. The sec­ond, smaller man was wear­ing a dark coloured mask, blue hooded sweat­shirt, dark pants and sim­i­lar shoes.

If you can pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Huntly Po­lice on 07 828 7560 or give in­for­ma­tion anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111

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