CASE 6: Crime of the Week - Gilbert Road Superette Agg Rob, Ōtara

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CASE 6: Crime of the Week - Gilbert Road Superette Agg Rob, Ōtara

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  • CASE 6: Crime of the Week - Gilbert Road Superette Agg Rob, Ōtara
  • CASE 6: Crime of the Week - Gilbert Road Superette Agg Rob, Ōtara

Ten 7, Episode

14
20th May 2021

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that took place at the Gilbert Road Superette in Ōtara, Auckland.

At about 6.25pm on Monday 1st March, the male suspect entered the shop armed with a metal bar. He walked to the end of the store before coming back and walking behind the counter where he rushed at the attendant with the metal bar. The attendant ran to the back room to hide, then the suspect ripped out the till, before taking several packs of cigarettes from the cabinet. He then ran out of the store with the cigarettes and till.

The shop attendant last saw the suspect heading down Eccles Place, and officers believe he made his way into the reserve at the end of the street.

Shortly after the robbery, police received a call from a member of the public who said they saw a male matching the description of the suspect in the park with the till. They saw him smashing the till on the ground to remove its contents. Once he had emptied it, he left it behind and ran in the direction of Kaitawa Street, which is where he was last seen.

This robbery has left the store worker nervous and shaken. The store owner was present in the back room at the time, and it has not only taken an emotional toll on her, but has had a negative effect on her business.

Police know that someone will recognise the suspect or will have seen him before or after the robbery and encourage them to get in touch.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male in 30s
  • Slight - medium build
  • Wearing a black cap with white symbol on front, a black puffer vest with black pants and black shoes