Forced to be getaway driver
Two men who robbed a South Auckland bar forced an unsuspecting woman to act as their getaway driver while a young child was in the vehicle.
Counties Manukau Police said they were investigating the aggravated robbery that occurred about 11.10am at the Sports Bar on Great South Rd, Manurewa on Monday, August 4.
During the robbery one offender stood at the entrance holding a weapon and stopped patrons from leaving while the other went behind the bar area and stole the till, police said.
Both offenders then ran from the bar through Southmall and across the overbridge of the Manurewa train station.
After they fled the shopping complex the two men forced a member of the public to stop her car and got in the back seat, Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Ellwood said.
There was a young child in the front seat, he said.
The men then forced the driver to drive them to the intersection of Wordsworth and Weymouth roads, Manurewa.
The two offenders left the car and were last seen running across Weymouth Rd towards Friedlanders Rd, Manurewa, Ellwood said.
"This is a particularly frightening experience for a member of the public who was inadvertently caught up in this crime".
The victim was "very shaken" by the experience but otherwise unharmed, he said.
Police were appealing to the public for information about the people involved in the robbery.
Anyone who might have seen a discarded till or the men running through Southmall, the Manurewa Train Station area, or near the intersection of Weymouth Road and Friedlanders Road, Manurewa, were asked to contact police.
One of the offenders was wearing a black hoody with the words "West is Best" in white writing, police said.
Ellwood said anyone with information should contact police as soon as possible as information from the public would be "essential" in tracking down the offenders.
People could contact Detective Logan Pene of the Manurewa CIB on 09 213 9167 or to provide information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.