CCTV video released of 'disgusting' south Auckland dairy robbery
CCTV video has been released of a "disgusting" attack where a machete was held to man's throat during a south Auckland dairy robbery.
The video shows four men entering the Kingsford Superette on Tuesday evening, knocking a man to the ground, punching him and holding a machete to his throat.
Police released the footage in hopes the family members or friends of the offenders will "do the right thing and contact police with their identities".
Detective Inspector Fa'amanuia Va'aelua said he has "no doubt that someone will recognise these absolute cowards".
The four masked offenders entered the store on Raglan Street at 7.30pm.
The violent attack left the male staff member bruises to his face and body.
The men took off with cigarettes and it is believed they left through a nearby park and onto Haddon St.
Va'aelua said the staff member was recovering at home and was "very" shaken by what happened.
Dairy owner Kamaljit Singh said he got there as fast as he could after hearing about the incident.
"I was really gutted that it happened to us; I don't care about the stuff, but for my staff to get injured - this is really scary," he said.
Singh said his staff member suffered a cut from the machete.
"Two of the guys had machetes and one held a machete to my employee's neck, making a little cut," he said.
Singh, whose family had run the business for around 30 years, encouraged fellow shop owners to report robberies and attempted robberies, "to make it official that there is problem".
Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander warned the offenders were a danger to the public and police were still working to find them.
Since February, police had arrested 68 people for aggravated robberies which occurred across Auckland, Alexander said.
"We hope this sends a clear message to those people who think these types of cowardly crimes are acceptable that they will be held to account and placed before the courts.
"I would also remind them that this an offence which carries a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment," Alexander said.