Police seeking bar robbers

Last updated 10:22 04/12/2013

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Two men who stabbed and Tasered bar staff during a South Auckland robbery have been on the run from police for more than a month.

About 2.15am on October 31, two men entered Grace's Bar in Papatoetoe through a back door as staff members were clearing up at the end of the night.

One offender was armed with a knife and a Taser and the other with a double-barrelled shotgun.

Personal items, including jewellery and watches, were stolen from bar staff, and the offenders also stole cash from the bar.

One of the staff members was stabbed in the thigh and Tasered, and another was assaulted.

The offenders fled to a stolen silver Mazda Premacy that was parked about 100 metres from the bar down East Tamaki Rd. It was found by police a short time later in Bernard St, Papatoetoe.

Detective Senior Sergeant Faa Va'aelua said it was a particularly violent crime.

"The two offenders brought a number of weapons to the robbery and did not hesitate to use them to get the victims to open the safes and till," he said.

"It is likely that the offenders for this robbery were assisted by at least one other person and it is also very likely they have told somebody about what they did.

"Information from the public will be essential in tracking these offenders down, and we would like to hear from anyone who has any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem."

The offenders wore beanies and material to cover their faces but are thought to be aged 20 to 25.

One man was of average height and slim to medium build, with fair skin, freckles and green eyes.

The man with the firearm is described as Maori or Polynesian and taller than the other man.

All five victims were traumatised by the experience, but the two who were injured will make a full recovery.

Anyone who has information should call Constable Kary Rushton, of the Counties Manukau West CIB, on 09 259 1266 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- Fairfax Media

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