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Waihi, Te Kauwhata robberies may be linked

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

A man armed with a pistol may be responsible for separate aggravated robberies in Waihi and then 85km away in Te Kauwhata.

The Maybelle Superette in Waihi was robbed of money and cigarettes early on Thursday afternoon when a man with a pistol made the shop keepers lie on the floor.

Later in the afternoon the GAS service station in Te Kauwhata was also robbed at gun-point, with the offender running off with cash.

Service station CCTV footage showed the man looked very similar to the Waihi robber, says Detective Sergeant Jason Perry.

In both cases the offender was described as Maori or Polynesian, of solid build and during both robberies he wore black scarf across his face.

"[He] is considered dangerous and should not be approached as he is believed to still be in possession of a firearm," Det Sgt Perry said.

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