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Armed robber falls down during getaway

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/08/2016

A man has held up a bar in Palmerston North, broken into another business and then fallen down in the street outside.

The events played out at about 2.20pm on Saturday.

The man entered the main bar of Albert Sports Bar, on the corner of Albert and Church streets, went behind the counter and pointed a firearm at a female employee, demanded the safe be opened and then asked to be shown the back way out after taking cash.

He broke into an adjoining business and left through the front door there. Two employees approached him after he fell over in Church Street and were threatened with the firearm.

The man walked off and he may have stripped off his shirt even though it was a very cold day.

Police are asking for sightings and information about anyone with a lot of $1 and $2 coins.

The offender is described as European, about 1.82m tall and of thin-to-medium build. He is aged in his late 20s or early 30s.

He has thick dark collar-length hair, with a receding hairline. He was wearing a brown long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans, and was possibly wearing a paintball mask.

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