Anna Leask

Anna Leask is a police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Liquor store robberies - car found

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Police investigating a string of armed robberies at Auckland liquor stores have found the car used by the offenders - but are still hunting the men responsible.

Qing Huang, 24, was working alone at WK Wines and Spirits on Karangahape Rd on Monday night when three men burst into the store, one armed with a crowbar.

They demanded money and when he said he could not access the cash register, one of the men punched him in the face.

"He punched me so I gave him the money and they ran away," he said.

The robbery is believed to be linked to two similar incidents in South Auckland on Tuesday night.

The Manukau Liquor Centre on Everglade Dr and the Mahia Rd Liquor Centre were both robbed in the early evening.

Counties Manukau Police Detective Sergeant Dave Honiss said two offenders armed with a hammer and baseball bat entered the stores and took alcohol and cash.

They fled in a Toyota, registration EHC256, which was stolen from outside a Waterview house on Saturday.

Police located the car this morning, but still need help from the public to identify the men.

Contact Detective Sergeant Dave Honiss Counties Manukau CIB on 09 353 0385 if you know anything about these robberies, or information can be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- NZ Herald

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