Waitemata Police investigating aggravated robbery in Helensville

Waitemata Police investigating aggravated robbery in Helensville

Kaipara Tavern
  • Kaipara Tavern
  • Kaipara Tavern
  • Kaipara Tavern
  • Kaipara Tavern

Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Andy Murdoch, Waitemata Police:

Waitemata Police need your help to identify two males who carried out a violent aggravated robbery on Sunday morning (27 August) at the Kaipara Tavern in Helensville.

(CCTV Video Footage is now available on the Waitemata Police Facebook Page)

The two offenders arrived at the tavern on Commercial Road in a stolen Silver Subaru station wagon at approximately 11.30am.

At gunpoint, they have forced the sole staff member to open and empty both the cash register and the safe before they fled the scene with the cash.

The stolen vehicle was found a short time later, abandoned on Rimmer Road.

Detective Senior Sergeant Andy Murdoch of Waitemata Police says the offenders faces are clearly visible in the CCTV footage and someone out there will know who they are.

“This was a really terrifying experience for the staff attendant, and he has been completely traumatised by what has happened. It is only a matter of time before Police identify both offenders, so we are asking them to do the right thing and to hand themselves in.”

“Police across Auckland are focused on preventing aggravated robberies, and to catching those who think it’s okay to go into somebody’s place of business, threaten, and at times assault staff members and take off with items such as cash and cigarettes. The impact that these crimes have on victims are really serious and it has to stop,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Murdoch.

“We also ask friends and families of the offenders who will recognise them from this clear CCTV footage to call Police so we can sort this out.”

Police enquiries are continuing today, we are still in the process of reviewing CCTV footage and a forensic examination is underway of the recovered stolen vehicle.

If you have any information which can assist police, then please contact the North Shore CIB on (09) 477 5261. Alternatively you can contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Shelley Nahr/NZ Police