Two arrested over 'cowardly' Wellington robbery
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.
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