Police are hunting for a pair of armed robbers who made off with a large sum of money after holding up a security van collecting cash from a Northland supermarket.
The apparently planned robbery occurred just before lunchtime today at Kaikohe New World.
It is thought the offenders pointed a long-barrelled firearm at security company staff and demanded the cash box without leaving their vehicle. Police could not confirm exactly how much was taken but said it was a significant sum.
Detective Sergeant Chris Fouhy appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the robbery to call him at the Kaikohe station. Police had already spoken to a number of witnesses.
He also appealed for sightings of the getaway car, a silver Nissan Primera, registration AQP901, stolen in Paihia the night before. It was last seen turning left out of the New World car park onto Memorial Ave.
Call the Kaikohe station on (09) 405 2960 or or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.