Armed robbery in Lower Hutt

Last updated 17:07 08/01/2014

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A trio of armed men assaulted security guards, threatened them with guns and escaped with cash in Lower Hutt this afternoon.

The armed robbery happened on Bloomfield Tce about 4.15pm, as the two security guards left the Westfield Queensgate Shopping Centre after picking up cash from shops inside the mall, police spokesman Nick Bohm said.

The three men, each with a handgun, assaulted the guards and took off with an unknown amount of cash.

Each of the men was wearing matching black New York t-shirts with the letters ''NY'' on them and balaclavas.

It was not immediately clear if shots were fired but the guards did not need medical treatment.

The robbers escaped in a red Honda Odyssey, registration CAK757.

The car, which was earlier stolen, was found abandoned about 15 minutes later nearby.

Both the area around the car and Bloomfield Tce were cordoned off for a time.

Police senior sergeant Steve Braybrook said police would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident, or who saw the men get to or flee the scene in the red Honda Odyssey.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Hutt Valley Police on 04 560 2600 or can make an anonymous tip with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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