Staff at a shop in south
Auckland escaped without injury after a masked man fired a
shotgun in the store during a robbery this morning.
The man entered the Dollar Dealers on Great South Road,
Manurewa, at around 9.40am and smashed a glass display
counter with a shot from the gun before stealing a number of
items and fleeing.
The man fled with a partner in a car the pair had stolen from
a carpark near the Station Road railway overbridge earlier in
The silver Nissan Liberty, registration ETJ549, was then
abandoned on a driveway off Corin Avenue, with the doors open
and engine running, as the robbers made off.
A small amount of stolen goods were found inside the car,
No-one was injured in the incident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzini from the Manurewa CIB
said police are concerned about the use of a sawn-off
shotgun, described as around 40cm long.
"It is concerning to us that a firearm was used in this crime
and particularly that it was discharged in the store with
members of the public present," he said.
"We urge anyone who witnessed the car being stolen or people
running from Corin Avenue to come forward to assist the
At least a dozen witnesses have been interviewed and CCTV
footage from the store is expected to provide more
information about the offenders, Mr Pizzini said.
The gunman has been described as Maori or Polynesian, about
170cm to 180cm tall. He was wearing a dark hoodie, black
jeans, a dark beanie hat and had his face covered by a dark
bandanna with white marks.
No description of the second robber is available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Manurewa CIB on
09 295 0200 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555
- By Patrice Dougan of