Scene of crime officers cordoned off the Ezy Cash store
last night. Photo: NZ Herald/Chris Loufte
Police were last night hunting those suspected of
stabbing to death two pawn store workers in an armed robbery in
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said the two Ezy Cash loan
shop workers suffered "violent deaths" and police were
looking for a sharp object.
Police were called to the store in Great South Rd, Takanini,
at 1.10pm yesterday after a panic alarm activation. They
found two people dead at the back of the premises.
Last night a police cordon surrounded the Ezy Cash loan shop,
where the bodies were expected to remain overnight. Road
blocks were due to remain in place between Taka St and
Glenora Rd while a scene investigation took place.
Wally Thompson, one of the last people to see one of the
victims, described a store worker, aged in his 50s, as "a
"He was just so helpful."
He went to Ezy Cash just an hour before the tragedy, but left
because he didn't have the documents he needed. When he
returned about 2.30pm, he found police surrounding the scene.
Police interviewed him and another couple also in the shop
before the incident. They told the trio they were among the
last to see one of the victims alive.
"My interview with the police was like being in a movie. They
were being honest with us and they said 'there's two people
in there that were stabbed'."
Despite the danger, he wished he had been in the shop when
the incident happened. "If that happened I would've done
something to help him. I couldn't let that happen."
Paris Evans, 14, was next door at Super Cheap Auto with
friends when the stabbings occurred.
He said he had been told a suspicious van had been parked
"We couldn't believe this happened. It's pretty sad."
Police were appealing for sightings of a Maori or Pacific
Island man aged in his 20s and a woman, whose description was
The pair were seen leaving the shop just before police
"We are in the very early stages of the investigation and
currently have very limited knowledge of what occurred at the
scene," said Lynch.
"Police need to identify and speak to these two people to
ascertain whether they have any information relating to the
Police refused to confirm how the pair were killed, or what
weapon was used.
The victims had yet to be identified, but police believed
they worked at the store.
Anyone with information should call Counties Manukau police
on (09) 261 1300 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
- Herald on Sunday