Gun and machete used to rob shop
A Papatoetoe shop was robbed by two men with a gun and a machete last night, continuing a spate of similar crimes in the area.
A man described as Maori or Polynesian, dressed in black and carrying a pistol, entered Kiwi Liquor on Puhinui Rd at 10.10pm last night while the two shopkeepers were having an evening snack.
He immediately ordered the pair to lie on the ground and tried to break into the till.
When he struggled to get into it, he shouted at them "give me money" and was helped by one of the staff members.
While that was going on another man, also wearing a black balaclava and gloves, entered the store holding a machete and told the victims not to move.
The two men stole the contents of the till and up to 10 bottles of spirits.
As they fled the duty manager ran out of the shop and saw an old, black, two-door vehicle speeding away.
He was unable to see the number plate.
Counties Manukau police were unable to confirm how much money was taken and were hoping to watch CCTV footage of the incident.
When the Caspar Dairy on Great South Rd, Papatoetoe was robbed three weeks ago, owner Tom Cai tried to stop an offender breaking open the till and was punched in the face before the man ran away with about $20.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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