Northland liquor store robbed again

Last updated 16:18 21/05/2014

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Northland police are searching for a gunman who robbed a liquor store yesterday – the second time the shop has been targeted in a month.

A man entered the Whangarei Liquor Centre in Maunu Rd about 7pm and pointed a gun at the store assistant.

He got away with some cash and was last seen heading down the alleyway towards First Ave.

The store assistant was assaulted by the offender, but was not injured.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dene Begbie said this was the second time in a month the store had been hit by armed robbers. It was the fourth liquor-store robbery in Northland in recent weeks.

The other stores robbed were Super Liquor in Tikipunga and Kamo Liquorland.

Begbie said police were looking for assistance from the public to identify those who were responsible for these crimes.

"That they are carrying a firearm is a concern and with the recent assault the offenders appear to getting more brazen.

"Someone must know who is carrying out these robberies and they need to stand up and speak out now before someone gets seriously hurt.

"It is a long time to regret not doing anything after the fact."

Begbie also urged members of the public to call police immediately if they saw any suspicious activity outside any liquor store or they noticed any behaviour that caused them concern.

"Police are also working with the liquor-store owners and their workers to give them safety advice."

"If anyone is confronted by an armed offender do not challenge them and comply with any of their requests," he said.

"If you witness such a crime get as much detail as possible of the offender's description and anything else regarding the incident that may of use to a police inquiry.

"No detail is too small."

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