Police say stolen car may be key to tracking Countdown armed robbers
Police are still searching for the two men who robbed Putaruru Countdown at gunpoint last Tuesday.
About 8.50pm on September 21 two offenders entered the supermarket armed with a blunt instrument and firearm and demanded money from the checkout staff.
The offenders obtained an undisclosed sum of money and fled the shop a short time later.
The have been described as male Maori or Polynesians, aged in their 20s or 30s and of medium height and build. Both had items of clothing on concealing there heads and lower face.
The offenders arrived at the supermarket in a stolen silver Mazda Lantis saloon car, registration AWM936. This car was located a short time later by police parked in Buckland St, Putaruru. This is a short distance from the robbery scene.
The car was stolen from the Dreghorn Place carpark in Tokoroa some time between 9am and 4pm on the same day. Police are interested in hearing from anybody who may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Dreghorn Place, the carpark and Baberton St during those times.
‘‘The stolen car has been stored or hidden somewhere for a number of hours prior to the robbery and I believe there is someone who has seen this car during that time,’’ Detective Sergeant Kevan Verry said.
‘‘ These robbers are prepared to use firearms to commit a robbery and the police need to catch them before they re-offend.
‘‘The community’s help is going to be crucial in solving this crime and all information will be treated with confidence.’’
Anyone with information can contact the Tokoroa Police in confidence on the Police Crimeline, phone 0800 886 7182 or they can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
Police would not reveal how much money was taken in the robbery.
GETAWAY: This car was stolen for use in the armed robbery of Putaruru Countdown last week.