It's business as usual today at a Christchurch bar held up by two masked robbers using a tomahawk and a pistol on Sunday night.
Police are still hunting the duo, who smashed their way into the Snafu Bar & Restaurant in Hornby and forced the lone staff member into a chiller while they robbed the premises of thousands of dollars in cash about 9.45pm.
Publication of the CCTV footage has seen about "half a dozen" potential suspects nominated by the public.
Bar manager Lynley Foster said police were going to update her this afternoon, but in the meantime the business was trucking on.
"We're trying to get everything sorted. We've just got to figure out what's gone," she said.
The masked men had crouched outside the bar peering inside for up to 10 minutes, waiting for the best time to strike.
The 28-year-old duty manager was inside emptying gaming machines when they launched their attack, throwing a tomahawk through a window.
"I heard a smashing noise and in the pit of my stomach I knew it wasn't something falling over," she told The Press yesterday.
When she walked out into the bar she was confronted by a man wearing a balaclava with a pistol in his hand.
"He said, 'I won't hurt you if you do everything I say'."
The woman, who would not be named, was told to reveal the location of the bar's safes and help put cash into a black backpack.
"They were quite calm. I obviously wasn't - my heart was racing," she said.
"I was thinking to myself ... do everything they tell me to do and I'll be fine."
She was ordered to wait in a chiller before the men fled with thousands of dollars in cash. Minutes later, she plucked up the courage to leave and call for help.
A police dog tracked the robbers through Denton Park, but was unable to catch them.
Police recovered clothing they believe the men dumped as they fled. The tomahawk was found at the scene.
Detective Robert Kennedy last night said police were still hunting for the men, who had covered their faces and were wearing hoodies and gloves during the robbery.
"Although they haven't harmed a hair on the lady's head ... it could have turned out a lot worse than what it did," he said.
"We certainly want to nip this in the bud as quick as we can."
Foster said the incident came days after she met staff to discuss how to deal with a robbery.
"We work in hospitality and unfortunately armed robberies do happen and you do have to make sure everyone knows what to do in that situation,'' she said.
"Money's insured and you can get that back, but you can't replace your staff.
"She [the victim] did a really good job and did everything she should do."
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer described the weekend as steady, but not excessively busy.
The Red Bus driver was punched and his cash box stolen in Brougham St, near the Waltham Rd intersection, about 11.20pm on Friday.
Detective Sergeant Grant Collins said five men got on the wrong bus and, as the driver was explaining how they could get to their destination, one of the group grabbed money from his cash box.
The driver chased the thief off the bus and was attacked with a "flurry of blows" by another member of the group, who then went back on to the bus and stole the cash box, Collins said.
The bus driver suffered minor bruising and grazes in the attack.
The men fled before police arrived.
Anyone with information should contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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