Liquor store manager tells of robbery ordeal
There is nowhere to hide.
Walking in to this south Auckland bottle shop, you notice straight away that there are no bars, no security glass - no barrier protecting staff from opportunistic thugs.
Late on Friday night, manager Dalvir Gill and an employee felt that lack of protection all too closely.
As they were closing up the Liquorland store on Mangere's Coronation Rd a pair of robbers struck, armed with a crowbar and a wrench.
The intruders shouldered their way into the store under the half-closed door before the workers could react, Gill said.
"Totally scared," Gill said he ran for the back of the store to the kitchen to warn a third employee.
A shirtless attacker hit Gill in the shoulder with his half-metre long crowbar before giving his colleague a blow to the head.
"Here, I'll show you," Gill rolls his shirt up, revealing grazing from the attack.
"He shoved me and asked the other guy to open the till".
It's the second time in seven months he has been left traumatised by a robbery at the store.
Counties-Manukau police said the robbers, who escaped with cash and alcohol, fled in a stolen 2006 Subaru Legacy saloon which has been found.
Gill said he didn't recognise his attackers, who he said were teenagers.
He "totally worries" about getting held up again.
SOUTH AUCKLAND SHOP OWNERS VOICE FRUSTRATION
On Sunday, dozens of south Auckland shop owners met with politicians from the main political parties demanding authorities take action over a spate of violent robberies.
The Indian Association of NZ and the Crime Prevention Group want increased police patrols, police stations reopened, a right for shop owners to defend themselves, and heavier penalties for resellers of stolen goods.
Crime Prevention Group president Sunny Kaushal said robberies of dairies and small businesses in south Auckland were increasing, and "brutal attacks in broad daylight, in public spaces, show that the offenders have no fear of being caught".
People with information on Friday's robbery can contact Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander on 09 261 1300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.