Staff left shaken after brazen armed robber takes cash
A robber brazenly walked through a crowded Hamilton bar before placing a gun on the counter and demanding money from staff.
The two terrified women working at the bar had no choice but to hand over a substantial amount of cash in the midst of the dinner rush on Saturday night.
Police want to identify the alleged gunman who robbed the Yard House sports bar at the Grandview shopping centre in the suburb of Nawton.
About 7.15pm the man was seen walking along Durham St around the side of a building to the bar at Grandview Shopping Centre, Detective Ali Hill of Waikato police said.
"His attention has gone to the Yard House and it looks as though he has cased it first and then gone in."
CCTV shows the man wearing dark skinny jeans, a hooded jacket, baseball cap and white sneakers sitting outside the bar, eyeing the crowd inside.
Armed with a gun, the man walked through drinkers in the bar to the counter where he placed the weapon on the bench.
Pulling up a purple-coloured bandanna over the bottom of his face the man then threatened the two women behind the bar.
"He's demanded money and provided a bag for them to fill up with cash," Hill said.
After handing over a "substantial amount of money" the man walked out of the bar back onto Durham St where he disappeared.
"We don't know where he has gone from there," Hill said.
"It has all happened very quickly and the staff are very shaken by this, it is a frightening experience."
There were a lot of people in the bar at the time and police were speaking with witnesses, Hill said, although it appeared the man made an effort to go undetected.
Anyone who recognised the man in the photographs, or may have seen him around Grandview Rd, Durham St on Saturday was asked to call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200.
Information could also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.