Vigilance urged after armed robbery on bar

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 15:58 07/04/2014
Brickworks Restaurant and Bar
IAIN MCGREGOR/FAIRFAX NZ

VIGILANCE URGED: Police attend the scene after Brickworks Restaurant and Bar was robbed at gunpoint early yesterday.

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Christchurch bar owners have been urged to be vigilant about security during closing time after a suburban pub was robbed by two men with sawn-off shotguns yesterday.

The two men had their faces covered when they entered the closed Brickworks Restaurant and Bar on Centaurus Rd about 12.25am yesterday.

They demanded cash from three staff on site, before fleeing in a vehicle with an undisclosed sum of money.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said no shots were fired and nobody was injured, but police were urging the owners of all bars and licensed premises to be vigilant during closing time. 

Inquiries had indicated the offenders could have been waiting in the area before robbing the Brickworks bar.

Anyone who saw people loitering around licensed premises while they were closing up should report it to police, Hill said. 

"We would much rather people contacted us with concerns about suspicious activity than have to deal with situations like this."

The Brickworks robbery comes after a masked intruder carrying a shotgun confronted a worker at Robbies Bar and Bistro on Cranford St while he was closing up on March 16.

Hill said police would be working with the hospitality industry to improve security measures at licensed premises.

A scene examination was completed at the Brickworks bar yesterday and police were now focusing on evidence recovered from the scene, including security camera footage. 

Police would not be releasing any of the images to the public at this stage.

Anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles or people near Brickworks between 11.30pm on Saturday and 12.30am yesterday were asked to contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400.

Alternatively, information could be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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