Robbed at gunpoint

Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
Armed Robbery
HARD DAY: Massey Pharmacy staff Angela Lowe, left, and Alexia Brown, witnessed an armed robbery at their shop.

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An armed robbery is not what staff at a Massey Pharmacy wanted on one of their busiest days.

Cash transit staff were robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday during the emptying of an ATM machine inside the pharmacy.

Two masked men entered the pharmacy at 396 Don Buck Rd at 12.15pm, pointed a firearm at the cash transit staff and demanded they hand over an undisclosed amount of cash money.

The offenders fled on foot to a waiting mini van believed to have been driven by a third man.

The silver 2002 Mazda Premacy was stolen earlier that day and found abandoned 10 minutes later in the car park behind the ANZ bank on Westgate Drive.

Massey Pharmacy dispensary manager Angela Lowe has experienced three burglaries throughout her pharmacy career.

"One of our retail assistants yelled when she saw what was going on. The first thing I did was push the panic button to call for help.

"Then I ran outside after them with a pen and paper to try and get as many details as I could. I started to go after them but I didn't realise they were armed."

Staff carried on working after the lunchtime ordeal although Miss Lowe says she did feel nervous coming back to work the next day.

"It's strange that the burglars knew the time the guards would be there because the van comes at different times every day.

"What scares me is it seems too easy for people to get away with it."

She says people who witnessed the burglary were very quick to help.

"The footpath was full of people who got the car details as well and wanted to help us. It's a lovely neighbourhood in that sense."

Detective Corey Brown says police are after any information regarding a second getaway car.

"This was certainly a planned and targeted robbery. The men have dumped the car straight after the robbery.

"We're hopeful that someone may have seen three men leaving this car and getting into another," Mr Brown says.

West Auckland has experienced a high number of armed robberies this year.

A man was arrested last month for seven robberies in New Lynn, one in Mt Eden and another in Royal Oak.

Mr Brown says this case in Massey is unrelated.

Contact Waitakere police 839 0628 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any information.

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