CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Counties Manukau Armed Robberies

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CASE 3: Crime of the Week - Counties Manukau Armed Robberies

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Ten 7, Episode

26
12th August 2021

Police in Counties Manukau are investigating two armed robberies that occurred within a 14 day period.

On Great South Road, Manurewa on Wednesday 2nd June at 6.10am security guards who were servicing a bank were subjected to an aggravated robbery.

A lone suspect followed the security guards into the bank where he presented a firearm and robbed them of cash. He left in a waiting vehicle.

City cameras tracked the vehicle down Great South Road, but it is unknown where it went after it reached the Magic Way area.

The suspect has been described as:

  • Māori or Pacific Islander
  • Aged between 35-45 years old
  • 5’6” - 5’10” 
  • Muscular - solid build

Wearing:

  • A distinctive oilskin vest over a black hoodie
  • Green wet weather pants with white reflective strip around the knees

The firearm has been described as a long-barrelled rifle.

The vehicle is believed to be a 2017 model orange Ford Ranger, with two different stolen plates on the back and front. Police are confident the same vehicle was used in a second aggravated robbery two weeks later.

The second aggravated robbery took place on the 16th of June at around 6.30am a lone suspect approached the security guards who were servicing the business and presented a firearm. The two security guards fled the location and the suspect loaded cash into a garden bag that he brought with him and made his way to an orange ute, believed to be the same ute used two weeks prior.

Cameras captured the ute driving through the service alleys and it then turned right onto Lambie Drive, then left onto Cavendish Drive, heading towards SH20. The vehicle exited the motorway at Hill Road, Manurewa, then turned left, where it was captured travelling through the intersection of Charles Prevost Drive and Hill Road

Police believe the key to the investigation is the orange Ford Ranger, which hasn’t been recovered.

This suspect has been described as:

  • Māori or Pacific Islander
  • Aged between 35-45 years old
  • Muscular - solid build

Wearing:

  • Wet weather clothing 
  • Jacket that appears to be turned inside out
  • Yellow pants

He was carrying a shortened single barrelled rifle.

The victims have been left highly traumatised from having a firearm presented at them, and Police urge anyone who knows anything to come forward.