Two arrested over 'cowardly' Wellington robbery

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 18:39 08/11/2012
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DANGEROUS HAUL: A police officer shows the sawn-off shotgun recovered in the Waiwhetu raid.

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Two people have been charged with kidnapping after a "cowardly and vicious" attack on an elderly man and his friend at a business in Wellington.

Police were called to Philip Moore & Co on Abel Smith St after three people burst into the cleaning business and threatened two people inside with weapons, including a gun, about 3.40pm on Sunday. 

A fourth suspect was believed to have been outside. The group stole cash, property and a van, police said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Donna Howard said police – including armed offenders squad officers – raided a home in Lower Hutt early this morning in connection with the incident.

A 25-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and possession of cannabis for supply and further charges were likely.

Police found a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun with ammunition during the raid, along with two other weapons, a quantity of cannabis packaged for sale and stolen property from the cleaning business.

"This was a cowardly and vicious attack on an elderly male and his associate," Ms Howard said.

"The team of investigators have been relentlessly focused on identifying all those responsible.

"Today's arrests are a significant step forward for the investigation and I am confident there will be further arrests soon."

Anyone with information about the incident should phone Wellington police on (04) 381 2000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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