He­lensville pub robbed


Sports bar work­ers es­caped un­harmed af­ter an ag­gra­vated rob­bery with a gun at an Auck­land pub. Police were called to the Kaipara Tavern in the north-west sub­urb of He­lensville on Au­gust 27. Waitem­ata Police De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Andy Mur­doch said two men ar­rived at the tavern in a stolen Sil­ver Subaru sta­tion wagon about 11.30am.

‘‘At gun­point, they have forced the sole staff mem­ber to open and empty both the cash reg­is­ter and the safe before they fled the scene with the cash.’’

The stolen ve­hi­cle was found a short time later, aban­doned on Rim­mer Road.

‘‘This was a re­ally ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the staff at­ten­dant, and he has been com­pletely trau­ma­tised by what has hap­pened,’’ he said.

A police spokes­woman had ear­lier said the of­fend­ers had ‘‘de­manded cash’’.

The im­pact th­ese crimes have on vic­tims are re­ally se­ri­ous and it has to stop, Mur­doch said. ‘‘We also ask friends and fam­i­lies of the of­fend­ers who will recog­nise them from this clear CCTV footage to call Police so we can sort this out.’’

If you have any in­for­ma­tion con­tact police (09) 477 5261 or anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.


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