Traumatised staff from a Pukekohe vet clinic are being counselled by Victim Support this afternoon after they were robbed at gunpoint late this morning.
Police say a man armed with a pistol entered Pukekohe Veterinary Centre on Edinburgh St at around 11.45am, pointed the weapon at staff behind the counter, and demanded cash.
Sergeant Dean Borrell of the Pukekohe Police said the offender fled on foot with an amount of cash, in the direction of Harris St. The police helicopter was deployed but the offender was not located.
Mr Borrell said the gunman is described as Maori, of thin build and young (under 20). He was wearing a black knitted beanie and a blue and white bandanna which partially covered his face.
He was also wearing a pink, brown and white chequered jacket, light coloured cargo pants and white canvas shoes.
Police said the offender was also described as being ''polite'' and having ''big lips''.
Anyone with information on the crime are asked to call the Pukekohe Police Station on 09 237 1700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Pukekohe Veterinary Centre was closed today after the robbery with calls re-directed to its Waiuku clinic.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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