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Appeal after Hastings armed robbery

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/05/2017

A man brandished a firearm when robbing a Hastings service station on Friday morning.

The man, described as a slim, pale-skinned Maori, about 5 foot 10 inches (178cm), entered the Gull service station on Omahu Road at 1.30am.

He left with cash and tobacco in an orange plastic bag and was seen getting into a waiting car, which may have turned down Stoneycroft Street towards Camberley.

The service station attendant was shaken up but unharmed, Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Vining says.

"The use of a weapon is of serious concern," he said.

"We need the community's assistance to quickly identify and locate this man and his co-offender, who drove the car."

Possible witnesses included a European woman wearing a light blue sweatshirt and a short Maori woman, and Snr Sgt Vining said a taxi also may have been driving on Omahu Road at the time of the robbery.

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