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Armed group robs petrol station

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Police are investigating after a group of armed offenders robbed an east Auckland petrol station.

A police spokesperson says the GAS station on Pakuranga Road, at the Pakuranga Plaza, was targeted just after 6.30am on February 3.

“A group of offenders entered the premises and made demands.

“A firearm has reportedly been presented during the incident, before the offenders fled the scene in a vehicle.

“Police are at the scene and enquiries are still in their early stages.

“No injuries have been reported at this stage.”

The robbery comes amidst an ongoing crime wave sweeping the country that’s seen a large number of incidents including ram-raids and smash-and-grab burglaries as well as armed robberies targeting businesses.

The GAS petrol station is a short distance from Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown’s local electorate office.

Of the robbery, Brown says:  “This is absolutely horrific and another example of the level of crime which we are unfortunately experiencing more and more of under this soft on crime Labour Government.

“A tougher approach to law and order is desperately needed in New Zealand, something National is committed to doing.

“People shouldn’t feel afraid going to work or walking down the street, but unfortunately too many are.”

Anyone with information on the robbery at the GAS petrol station at Pakuranga Place just after 6.30am on February 3 is can phone police on 105 quoting the reference number P053519052, or phone the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800 555 111.

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