Three robberies in 10 minutes

19:20, Sep 25 2012

Three Auckland businesses were robbed in just over 10 minutes this morning.

The thieving began when the New Zealand Post shop in Papatoetoe was robbed at 11.45am, quickly followed by the ANZ in St Heliers four minutes later. The Pukekohe Veterinary Centre was then robbed by a hooded man, thought to be brandishing an imitation pistol, at 11.56am.

No-one was injured in the robberies.

Police northern communications spokesman Inspector Ian Brooker said each robbery involved a single offender and only the Pukekohe incident involved a weapon.

Sarah Benikowsky was at the playground with her son, 50 metres away from the vet clinic, when armed police approached her asking if she had seen a man in a grey hoody running away.

On her way home she said there were lots of police cars cruising the streets, looking for the suspect.

"There was a huge police presence in town," she said.

Staff at the vet clinic refused to comment on the events and would not say how much money was taken.

A man, who did not want to be named, said an unarmed person entered the shop and demanded cash but only left with "a small amount".

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