CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Bricklane Restaurant Aggravated Robbery, New Lynn

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CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Bricklane Restaurant Aggravated Robbery, New Lynn

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  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Bricklane Restaurant Aggravated Robbery, New Lynn
  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Bricklane Restaurant Aggravated Robbery, New Lynn
  • CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Bricklane Restaurant Aggravated Robbery, New Lynn

Ten 7, Episode

18
17th June 2021

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that took place at the Bricklane Restaurant in New Lynn on the 24th of May at around 7.30am.

The restaurant was not yet open at the time of the offence and the doors were locked, however the male suspect got a female staff member’s attention by knocking on the window and pushed his way inside when she opened the door. Once inside he revealed a firearm, and upon determining there were only two staff members onsite he forced the female into a freezer, and ordered the male staff member to crawl to the safe and tell him the combination.

No-one onsite knew the combination, so the suspect threatened the two workers with the firearm, but eventually accepted that they could not open the safe for him. The suspect then rummaged through the manager’s area and the pokies, before leaving the restaurant empty-handed.

The suspect struck while the company was going through an upgrade of their security cameras, so unfortunately they don’t have any CCTV from inside the restaurant, however Police have located CCTV footage from the area of a man matching the suspect’s description.

He left the Sunnyvale Train Station at around 7:10am, was then seen at the New Lynn Train Station at around 7:20am purchasing a ticket for his next journey, and cameras then picked him up walking towards the restaurant. He was seen on CCTV both arriving at and leaving the restaurant.

After the incident, the male caught a train from New Lynn Train Station to Avondale Train Station where he arrived at 7:52am then walked past the Avondale shops and across Great North Road.

The incident has had a significant impact on the victims, who now feel unsafe coming to work and feel as though they are constantly looking over their shoulder. The female victim was locked in the -2 degrees freezer for up to ten minutes, and is still terrified from the ordeal. Although the restaurant didn’t lose any money on the day, it did have to close for two days, causing significant financial loss.

There is clear evidence of premeditation, and it is important that the suspect is caught for the safety of the public and for a resolution for the victims.

Police believe someone will be able to give them the information they need to find the male responsible.

The suspect is described as:

  • Tall
  • Solid build
  • Wearing green shorts and a blue jumper