A trio of armed men assaulted security guards and escaped with cash in Lower Hutt this afternoon.
The armed robbery happened in Bloomfield Tce 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.
The trio wore matching black New York T-shirts with the letters "NY" on them.
It was not immediately clear if shots were fired but the guards did not need ambulance treatment.
They were talking to police.
The robbers fled in a red Honda Odyssey, registration CAK757.
The car, which had been stolen, was found elsewhere in Lower Hutt.
The area around the car and Bloomfield Tce were cordoned off.
- Fairfax Media