CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton

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CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton

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  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton
  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton
  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton
  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - BP Aggravated Robbery, Masterton

Ten 7, Episode

36
21st October 2021

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at a petrol station in Masterton in August.

On Wednesday 4th August two males entered the BP station on the corner of Renall Street and Chapel Street at around closing time.

One of the males was armed with a military style firearm, and the other was carrying a backpack. They made their way to the counter and the male with the firearm pointed it at the store worker. The second male demanded that the cigarette cabinet be opened, and the store worker complied.

The male loaded cigarettes into the backpack then demanded the till be opened, which the store worker did, and the second man cleared the till. The two men then exited the store and crossed the road, disappearing behind a dentist building.

Having the firearm pointed at him the whole time, the victim was terrified, and thought he was going to be shot. The victim describes the men’s voices as one having a deep voice, and the other sounding a bit younger.

Police are appealing to the public to have a close look at the CCTV footage to see if they recognise the two men responsible. While their faces are disguised, you can see their build and the way they move.

Police would also like to speak to anyone who recognises the semi-automatic Dragunov rifle, a prohibited firearm, which has a long barrel.

Anyone who was offered cheap cigarettes in early August may also be able to help police with their enquiries.

It is important that the two men and the firearm are located, in order to restore a sense of safety to the victim and the community.