Armed robbery at New Plymouth bar
The owner of a bar hit by armed robbers in an early morning Christmas stick-up has praised his staff for averting a tragedy.
Three staff members were cleaning up at New Plymouth's Treehouse Restaurant and Bar about 1.15am when two offenders wearing helmets and dark clothes entered the bar with a shotgun and demanded cash.
Nobody was injured in the robbery but the three staff were left seriously traumatised, Detective Sergeant Brent Matuku said.
Treehouse owner Grant Schwieters said he had spoken to the bar staff after the incident and they were very shaken.
He said the amount of cash taken was quite small, despite the pub enjoying a busy Christmas Eve.
''It had been busy, but these days a lot of it is eftpos.
''They've done a major crime for little reward. Thank God it didn't end in tragedy.''
He was full of praise for the way the workers handled themselves in a nasty situation.
''They did everything they should have and handled it really well - they're heroes really.
''It's just a traumatic thing to have happen.
''The staff did everything asked of them and everything right and we're just so grateful nobody was hurt.''
Mr Matuku said the offenders took off on a motorbike, heading west on Devon St West towards the Blagdon shops.
''Police are requesting help from the community to solve this nasty crime and are interested to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the time and location, or if they have any information to assist the police,'' Mr Matuku said.
People can call the New Plymouth Police on 06 7595508.
Taranaki Daily News