Police hunt hammer-wielding robber

Last updated 15:39 28/12/2012

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Police are hunting a man, thought to have been armed with a hammer, who held up the Countdown supermarket in Feilding last night and took a quantity of cash.

Feilding and Palmerston North Police are investigating the aggravated robbery, which happened at 9.45pm.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant David Thompson said a man in disguise went into the supermarket and robbed two cashiers of a quantity of cash, armed with what appeared to be a hammer.

He is then thought to have fled in the direction of Bailey Street and Denbigh Street.

"No one was hurt during the robbery but staff members were clearly shaken with what had occurred," Mr Thompson said.

The man is described as light skinned, with a thin build, about 5' 10'' (177.8cm) to 6' foot (182.9cm) tall and wearing long pants and a blue hoodie.

"This robbery is now the third that has occurred in the last few days where Countdown supermarkets have been targeted," he said.

Countdown is reviewing and beefing up security as a result of the robberies.

Police want to speak with anyone who was in Countdown during the robbery and also to anyone that may have seen a man running in the Bailey Street, Denbigh Street, and York Street area of Feilding at around 9.45pm to 10.00pm on Thursday night.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Detective Shane Brown of Feilding Police on (06) 323 6363, or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- The Dominion Post

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