Gunpoint theft at rush hour

Last updated 21:00 10/03/2014

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A woman was held up at gunpoint by a man who had just robbed a jewellery shop in Wellington's CBD during rush hour, police say.

The incident started at jewellery store Walker & Hall, on a busy Lambton Quay about 5pm tonight, when an assailant robbed the shop.

Police communications Inspector Mike Coleman said he ‘‘took quite a lot of gold bracelets."

The man was not believed to have used a gun during the robbery, but then pulled it out on a member of the public who chased him down the street, Mr Coleman said.

He then turned the corner into Stout St and pointed the gun at a woman, demanding her wallet.

She gave it to him and the man ran off to a 1990 grey Daihatsu Charade, with the registration number PR1574. 

"There were quite a lot of witnesses, because it was peak hour," Mr Coleman said.

The police "had an idea" who the offender was.

He was described as 24 years old, caucasian, about 1.7 metres tall and wearing a long white long-sleeved shirt and glasses.

Witnesses were being interviewed by Wellington CIB and the victims spoken to by Victim Support. 

Company director Allan Tattersfield had not been informed of the robbery when contacted tonight.

He said he would be seeking more information in the morning.

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