Knife pulled during robbery

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
Challange manager Leo Fields. full
CHARLOTTE CURD

Challange manager Leo Fields.

Challenge robbery

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Two service station staff were left shaken after an armed robbery in New Plymouth early yesterday.

Two offenders, who were wearing disguises and armed with a knife, burst into Spotswood's Challenge service station, on South Rd, about 6.20am.

While one of the offenders jumped the counter and fought with an attendant the second ripped a till drawer out and grabbed cigarettes before they made their escape.

Police are still hunting for the culprits and want to hear from anyone with information about the robbery or who was in the Spotswood area around the time.

Station manager Leo Fieldes, was working in the office when the two burst into the building.

"It's not every day you get a knife shoved in your face," Mr Fieldes said.

"I thought ‘what's all the yelling' and I looked at the screens and just saw the guy jump the counter."

He said as the attendant tried to fend off the robber he was pushed into the office while the second offender ripped out the till drawer and grabbed cigarettes.

Mr Fieldes said the raid happened very quickly and urged anyone with information to come forward. The attendant was resting at home yesterday afternoon with concussion while Mr Fieldes continued working.

He said the store had recently had its security system upgraded and video footage had been provided to police.

The service station was closed until 10.45am while police examined the scene.

Detective Byron Reid said the culprits were believed to have headed down Pioneer Rd towards Moturoa in a blue Subaru station wagon.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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