Police seek witnesses to Tikipunga aggravated robbery
Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant John Clayton, Whangarei CIB:
Whangarei Police are appealing for witnesses of an aggravated robbery at Tikipunga Tavern overnight.
Two offenders entered the tavern at about 10.50pm on Wednesday, one armed with a shotgun and the other armed with an object similar to a screwdriver.
The alleged offenders demanded cash and then attempted to remove money from tills.
“At the same time, tavern patrons have taken exception to these offenders and have intervened with the offender with the shotgun,” says Detective Senior Sergeant John Clayton.
“In the altercation the shotgun was fired once at the ground and fortunately no one was injured as a result.”
The second offender then fled the premise and has got into an altercation with a staff member, who received a minor wound as a result.
A 25-year-old man who was held by the patrons required medical treatment and will be facing a number of charges.
However, the second offender is still outstanding and it is possible that he got into a waiting vehicle and left the area.
“There was no money taken in this incident, however it had the potential to have a far worse outcome,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Clayton.
“I would like to acknowledge the patrons’ assistance in this incident, however we generally discourage people from intervening in these situations for their own safety.
“Police would like anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the outstanding offender’s identity to contact us on (09) 430 4500.”
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.