Three people, including a pregnant woman, were robbed at gunpoint at their Frankton property yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Daryl Smith of the Hamilton CIB said officers were called to an Auto Electrical Store on Waterloo St shortly after 3.10am.
"The business also has accommodation and one of the three occupants heard someone knocking on the door and went to investigate.
"When he opened the door he was confronted by a man armed with a firearm who forced him back into the store where this offender was joined by another armed with a knife.
"The male victim, his pregnant girlfriend and a third person were threatened by the pair before they made off with a small amount of cash, a Playstation consol and a car stereo."
Mr Smith said the pair were driven away by a third offender who was driving a white late 1990s Subaru Forrester which was fitted with a big bore exhaust and possibly tinted windows.
"We're looking into the possibility that one of the offenders may have been bitten by the victims' dog.’’
The man with the firearm was described as a male Maori or Polynesian of medium build wearing a black cap, a black bandana with a white pattern that covered his face a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
"The man with the knife was described as a light skinned Maori male with distinctive 'goldfish' type eyes about 170cm tall and of thin to medium build with a full goatee beard."
Mr Smith said this second offender was described as wearing a dark brown hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans.
Police do not have a description of the third offender.
Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area around Waterloo, Commerce and Ellis Streets before or after 3am who may have seen a car or people matching the offenders' descriptions.
"Secondly we would like to hear from anyone who may know of someone suffering from a dog bite or unexplained injury, this robbery as described to Police was a very serious crime and we would like the public to work with us to identify who was responsible to prevent any further offending."
Anyone with any information on the identities of those involved in the robbery is asked to contact Mr Smith at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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