Two Christchurch bars in armed hold-ups

Last updated 11:50 23/12/2013
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Two popular Christchurch bars were the targets of armed robberies this weekend.

Christchurch police are investigating the two incidents - at the Brewers Arms on Papanui Rd and The Craic on Riccarton Rd - where two offenders demanded money from staff.

Manager of The Craic Nick Boyle said he had few details about the incident and would not discuss what the two armed offenders said to staff. 

He said two female workers were in the bar at the time. "I've spoken to one of them and, as you can imagine, she's pretty well shook up.''

The women, aged 20 and 40, were both Christchurch residents and had worked at the bar for a while.

Boyle would not say how much money had been stolen but said the robbery had come as a shock to everyone.

''It's just not what you expect to happen to your place of work . . . and who knows whether it was just a pot luck or whether [The Craic] was being cased out for the whole week.'' 

The Brewers Arms owner Debbie Williams did not wish to comment.

TWO SIMILAR HOLD-UPS JUST HOURS APART

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said two robbers armed with guns entered the Brewers Arms at 11.20pm last night and took money.

At 2.40am this morning, a similar incident happened at The Craic, just after closing time.

''Two offenders with firearms entered the premises, again targeting and obtaining cash from the staff,'' Sweeney said.

"We are now investigating both of these crimes and the commonalities between each,'' he said.

Staff members from both bars had been spoken to and were receiving Victim Support.

Sweeney was appealing for information from the public who may have ''noticed any suspicious activity including vehicles, in or around the bars''.

''We ask that bar owners and operators are particularly vigilant at closing times and ask that cash is removed from the premises on a regular basis.''

Police will release CCTV footage of the incidents this afternoon.

Anyone with information should contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400

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