The search for three men involved in an aggravated robbery in Katikati where a couple were threatened with a knife and handgun featured on Police Ten-7 last night.

Police said a seaside dinner in Katikati came to an "abrupt end" when a couple were confronted by a group of men holding weapons.

The robbery took place at Beach Rd Boat Ramp on June 15 at about 1am.

A car pulled up behind the couple who were parked up near the boat ramp. Two men got out and threatened the couple with a knife and handgun before demanding their phones and wallets.

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A third man appeared on the scene and left with the group.

Police said the couple were lucky to escape unharmed given there was a knife and firearm involved.

Katikati Aggravated Robbery

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Posted by Police Ten 7 on Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The vehicle was described as a white or creamy coloured vehicle, possibly a Honda Jazz.

At around 4am on the same morning, one of the victim's phones was found on Kaitemako Rd in Welcome Bay.

Perpetrator descriptions
Male with a knife
- Māori
- Approximately 184cm
- Described as "quite fat"
- 25 to 30 years old
- Moustache with short black hair
- Wearing a black hoodie with a black bandanna

Male with firearm
- Māori
- Just over 184cm
- 25 to 30
- Short dark brown hair
- "Paler" complexion compared to the two other males

Other male
- Māori
- Approximately 189 cm
- "Skinny and lanky build"
- Black hoodie with strings tied in a bow
- Leather Black Power vest
Source: New Zealand Police