Valley Flyer bus driver robbed

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 12:50 15/03/2014

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A Valley Flyer female bus driver was shoulder-charged by a male offender during a cash box robbery on her bus near Rimutaka Tavern on Fergusson Drive, at 10am this morning. 

Detective Sergeant Richard Orr said  the offender approached the female driver, shoulder charging her, before running off with her cash box. 

"The offender is described as male Maori or Polynesian aged in his mid 20's, approximately 170cms, slim build with short dark hair.

"He was wearing a black sweat shirt, black pants and pulled a red bandana up over his face. The cash box is black metal, 40cms by 20cms with a handle and a piece of tape with the number 44 written on the top," Mr Orr said.

The robbery evokes memories of the death of Valley Flyer bus driver Herman Curry in a similar April, 2012 incident.

Mr Curry, 64, died after chasing a youth who stole his cash box from Valley Flyer's Waiwhetu depot at the end of a Friday night shif two years agot.    

Following Mr Curry's death NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames hosted industry discussions about bus security and the handling of cash.

Anyone with any information regarding the latest robbery is urged to contact Mr Orr on 04 5272374 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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