Police appeal for witnesses after gun-point robbery of Hastings service station

The Gull service station on Omahu Rd in Hastings was robbed at gunpoint.

The Gull service station on Omahu Rd in Hastings was robbed at gunpoint.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Hastings service station was robbed at gun-point.

An attendant at the Gull station on Omahu Rd was left shaken but unharmed after being held up by a man brandishing a firearm about 1.30am on Friday.

The armed man fled with cash and tobacco in an orange plastic bag. He was seen getting into a waiting car that headed east on Omahu Rd, towards Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Police said the car may have turned down Stoneycroft St towards Camberley or continued on to Hastings.

The armed man was described by police as a "slim and pale-skinned Maori", between 175cm and 178cm tall, wearing dark clothing.

The attendant co-operated fully during this aggravated robbery, and although shaken up was unharmed.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Vining said the man's use of a weapon during the robbery was a "serious" concern.

"We need the community's assistance to quickly identify and locate this man and his co-offender, who drove the car," Vining said.

"They would have arrived back at their homes from this job amped up, and will be in possession of extra money and tobacco that they didn't have before," he said.

"We are also looking to identify potential key witnesses who were in the Gull service station immediately before and after the robbery."

This includes a Caucasian woman who was wearing a light blue sweatshirt and a shorter Maori woman.

"They are not suspects but may well have seen the offenders and or their vehicle," Vining said.

"We believe a taxi may also have been driving on Omahu Rd around the time the offenders left."

Anyone with informationwas asked to contact Hastings Police on (06) 873 0500 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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