Gunman storms South Auckland supermarket

ROB KIDD
Last updated 11:22 09/11/2012

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An armed robbery last night capped off a nightmarish week for an Auckland supermarket.

As staff were serving the last couple of customers and cashing up at Supervalue Supermarket in Hall Ave, Otahuhu, around 9pm, two masked men burst through the front doors.

One was carrying a gun and the other had a knife.

The thieves stole more than $1000 cash and fled across the car park.

The incident followed a burglary the previous morning. 

Offenders smashed the front window and stole bottles of wine, shop owner Deep Singh said.

He had just left for the night when last night's robbery took place, but said his staff handled the situation perfectly.

Workers involved had been given today off and offered counselling but Singh said they were a resilient bunch.

Nevertheless, he was worried about the long-term effect the robbery would have on them. 

"[The offenders] got away with very little but it's not really about that, it's about the consequences on the staff having to live with it," Singh said.

It was not only the armed robbery and the burglary the supermarket staff had had to contend with, there had also been a spike in shoplifting over the last fortnight.

Singh said he would like to see the book thrown at the criminals robbing his store.

He blamed the crime spree on "the Christmas period" and said aside from installing more security cameras, there was little he could do.

Counties Manukau police were investigating both incidents and Singh had provided them with CCTV footage.

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