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Cabbies targeted in NT robbery rampage

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Police are on the hunt for up to four men following an alleged armed robbery rampage targeting cabbies in Darwin overnight.

Police say the first incident occurred around 11.30pm on Thursday in Nightcliff when a group of men in a stolen ute approached a taxi driver.

The thieves wore bandana disguises and allegedly threatened the driver with a gun before stealing a small sum of cash.

The suspects threatened another cab driver with the pistol just after midnight in Tiwi before again fleeing with money.

Shortly after, a taxi driver in Parap said he was approached by a man armed with a gun, but he quickly left the scene to avoid a confrontation.

Acting Superintendent Chris Board of the Crime Division said additional officers will be patrolling the streets on Friday night and detectives are liaising with cab companies about driver safety.

"Having a firearm produced is obviously very traumatic for those involved," he said.

"They're very shaken and disturbed by what's happened."

The ute was dumped in Malak and police think the offenders may now be using a stolen white Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon.

"Do not approach this car or the occupants but contact police immediately," Supt Board said.

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