A woman was robbed at gunpoint and had her car stolen by three boys - one as young as eight years old.
A police spokeswoman said the 57-year-old woman was approached by the young boy on Franklin Rd, Pukekohe, about 8.30pm on Sunday after parking up to eat Chinese takeaways she had just bought.
The boy, carrying what was believed to be a plastic rifle, opened her driver's side door and demanded she get out.
"He's tried to take the keys from the ignition and said, 'get out bitch'," the spokeswoman said.
Another boy, thought to be 15 or 16, then opened her passenger door and repeated the demand: "Get out of the car bitch, we want the car."
The spokeswoman said the teenager, who was standing next to another boy, snatched her handbag and ran away with it.
The victim chased him while the two other offenders got into her car.
The bag snatcher then "doubled back" and got into the car and the trio drove off.
The bag contained the woman's house keys, identification and cash.
The woman's car, which has not been found, is a white 2002 Ford Mondeo, registration AQM893.
The youngest of the three offenders was described as Maori, possibly eight to 11 years old, wearing a hat. The offender who opened the woman's passenger door was aged 15 or 16, was of normal build wearing a grey hoodie and something covering his lower face. The third boy was Maori of similar age.
Police want anyone with information about the robbery or the boys involved to contact them.
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