A petrol station attendant has been assaulted with a shotgun in the latest of three armed robberies in Auckland.
Police are investigating whether the aggravated robberies at a cluster of Auckland petrol stations over the past week are linked. CCTV footage of the alleged offenders has been release and police wanted to speak to Breyarn Hose, 17, about the robberies.
Hose has warrants out for his arrest and is thought to be in the Auckland area.
In yesterday’s incident - the latest - one of the three offenders hit the lone petrol service attendant with the butt of the shotgun, police said.
The two other offenders stole cash and shop items before fleeing the Caltex service station in Penrose in a brown mini van about 1am.
It followed the armed robbery of the nearby Mobil petrol station on Mt Wellington Highway on April 23, where one offender fired a shot.
Two Mobil staff members locked themselves in a back office as the two men broke into the petrol station in the early hours.
One of the men fired a shot at the door to get to the till and the offenders took off in a stolen Nissan Skyline with cash and tobacco.
Early on Good Friday, two men also smashed their their way into a Mobil station on Apirana Ave in Glenn Innes.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzin said this week he was concerned by the willingness of the men to carry a loaded shotgun.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should contact Counties Manukau police on 09 261 1321 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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