Meat cleavers used in robbery

Police are hunting for two men who threatened staff at an Asian takeaway with meat cleavers and stole hundreds of dollars from their till.

The pairwalked into Gin's Takeaways on Hampshire St, Aranui brandishing the weapons about 8.15pm yesterday, police said.

One of the men leapt over the counter of the shop and demanded the cash. They then fled into the night with less than $500 cash.

Detective Sergeant Ashley Millen said a police dog tracked the two men, but lost their scent.

Neighbours reported seeing a silver or grey station wagon in the area at the time, which could be linked to the robbery, he said.

The Chinese family working at the takeaway were shaken, but unharmed.

The man who jumped the counter was described as an unshaven, skinny European, about 1.7m tall, and aged in his late 20s. He was wearing a green cap and dark hooded sweatshirt.

The other man was described as a skinny European, about 1.8m tall. He had long, black, curly hair, tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing a black beanie and a black hooded sweatshirt with a zip and grey logo on the front.

Millen warned shopkeepers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the evening, particularly close to closing time.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Paul Wilson on 0211911521

The Press