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Aggravated robbery in Birkenhead

North Shore CIB is investigating an aggravated robbery in Birkenhead this afternoon.

At around 3pm on Saturday 18 December 2010 the driver of a stolen white Mazda Atenza has doubled parked out side a jewellery store on the East bound lane of Mokoia Road Birkenhead, blocking through traffic.

Two males have exited the vehicle and entered the jewellery store with their faces covered by what is believed to be a balaclava. One of the males has threatened the female employee and several customers with a firearm or similar.

The female employee has run from the shop to alert the public of the robbery. The two offenders have taken an unknown number of jewellery items from the store and then fled. The value of the jewellery stolen is undisclosed.

One male has got into the front passenger seat of the waiting vehicle. The second male has been grabbed by a member of the public where a short struggle ensued before the male broke free and got into the rear passengers side of the vehicle. There were no injuries throughout this entire incident.

The stolen vehicle has travelled down Mokoia Road and onto Hinemoa Street. The vehicle was located by Police a short time later parked in one of the rear car parks of the nearby Public Library on the corner of Rawene Road and Hinemoa Street.

The directions and mode of travel by the offenders are unknown from this point.

One of these males is described as Male Maori /Polynesian in his late teens, early twenties, around 6ft 4" tall, thin build, and wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt pulled up with the front zipped up and black gloves. The second male offender is described as being around 5 ft 9" tall, medium build, wearing a light brown/beige coloured clothing.

Police would like anyone who saw the white Mazda vehicle or its occupants prior to, during or after the incident to contact North Shore CIB any time on Telephone 0274 949 112. Similarly anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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