Robbed at gunpoint

Car stolen from city yard

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 06:47 07/08/2012
Armed robbery - Palmerston North
WARWICK SMITH/Fairfax NZ

A used car stolen was stolen from a yard on the corner of Ngata and Grey streets.

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A Palmerston North car yard has been robbed at gunpoint.

About 5.20pm yesterday police were called to Rose City Cars, on the corner of Grey and Ngata streets, after a man allegedly brandished what was thought to be a rifle.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson confirmed that police thought a gun was used in the holdup.

A black Subaru rally-style car was stolen and was seen speeding toward the Botanical Rd area.

No shots were fired and nobody was hurt.

Keys to one of the vehicles in the yard were demanded and handed over, before the distinctive car with roll cage was driven off, police said.

A second man was also involved and a white four-door sedan with a spoiler on the back is thought to be the car they arrived in.

Mr Thompson said many people were in the area at the time of the robbery and police wanted to hear from them.

The cars may have been driven away from the scene at speed, he said.

‘‘We are also seeking to speak with anyone that may have seen these two cars after the robbery. They may appear to people to be drag racing.’’

A man working at The Bed Barn, on the other side of Grey St, said he thought the missing car came from the front of the car lot, where there was now an empty space.

A Rose City Cars salesman, who was the only person working there at the time, alerted him to what happened.

‘‘He just came over. He said ‘ring the police’ and I was on the phone,’’ the Bed Barn worker said.

‘‘He seemed quite emotional.’’

The worker did not see or hear any cars drive off but shortly before had seen two people at one end of the car yard, and a child on a scooter with two people at the other end.

Anyone with information can contact Palmerston North police at 351 3600 or on the Crimestoppers line, 0800 555 111.

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