Two armed robbers barged into a church-man's home, cut him
with a knife and made off with some $1000 charity money north
of Wellington yesterday, police say.
Detective Leanne Thomson said two men armed with a pistol and
a knife forced their way into the 34-year-old victim's home
on Frederick St, Wainuiomata, and immediately sliced him on
He had about $1000 in charity money that had been collected
by his church that he was going to take to the bank.
"His arm was cut as soon as they opened the door then they
said 'we know you've got the money, give it to us'," Ms
"They seemed to know that it was there."
The victim required several stitches to his arm and was badly
shaken by the incident.
Ms Thomson said police wanted to catch those responsible as
soon as possible.
"It is concerning because he's just a member of the public
who was at home when he's been targeted so we really want to
get to the bottom of it."
They obviously knew the church had been collecting for
"There's a lot of people that know that they do it so it's
very hard to isolate anyone at this stage, but it is under
The two offenders were wearing red bandannas to hide their
faces, but the victim described the first man as Maori, aged
in his late teens, 1.58m tall, of skinny build, wearing blue
jeans and a blue and red jacket with pockets on the front
over a black hoodie.
The second offender was described as Polynesian, aged in his
late teens, 1.95m tall, of heavy build. He was wearing a
plain black hoodie and baggy blue jeans.
Anyone with information was urged to Ms Thomson on (04) 560
5020 or alternatively to call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.