Two robbers were chased from an Upper Hutt bottle store by a staff member with a hockey stick.
Two men entered Thirsty Liquor on Fergusson Drive at around 5:45pm on Tuesday night, Detective Sergeant Chris Gooch of the Hutt Valley CIB said.
"One of the offenders was armed with a knife and approached the staff member demanding money, whilst the second offender took some bottles of alcohol from a shelf."
The staff member managed to chase the offenders out of the the shop, after hitting one with a hockey stick.
They then ran across railway track to a waiting vehicle, parked in a carpark opposite Silverstream Primary School.
The car was described as a maroon four-door Nissan hatch or similar with a number plate starting with the letter T. It was seen driving north along Gard Street.
One offender was described as a solid Maori in his late teens or early twenties. He was 1.78cm to 1.83cm tall with thick eyebrows and thick/curly hair possibly in a ponytail. He was wearing dark jeans, a grey beanie with three white stripes on it, a grey t-shirt, with another t-shirt tied around his face.
The second offender was described as European, of medium build, about 1.83cm. He was aged between 20 and 25, wearing dark jeans, a red and black striped sweatshirt with the hood up, and a grey t-shirt tied around his face, and carrying a dark coloured backpack.
"Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Thirsty Liquor at the time of the aggravated robbery or anyone who has any other relevant which may assist police," Mr Gooch said.
Anyone with any information should contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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