Po­lice say stolen car may be key to track­ing Count­down armed rob­bers

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: SUPPLIED

GET­AWAY: This car was stolen for use in the armed rob­bery of Pu­taruru Count­down last week.

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