Armed robbers fired shots into the ceiling as brave pub patrons took them on during a brazen hold-up of a popular Auckland bar.

Police have released footage and new information in their hunt for the armed robbers who raised the packed North Shore pub on Saturday, August 25.

The two masked men - one carrying a shotgun - stormed The Good Home gastropub in Birkenhead just before 10pm.

They robbed the bar before making off in a stolen white Subaru Impreza.


During the ordeal several members of the public confronted the robbers - and one of the armed men fired a shot into the ceiling of the bar.

CCTV shows one patron approaching the armed man with his hands in the air, before the robber fires a warning shot into the ceiling and kicks the man to the ground.

Detective Sergeant James Bolton said the robbers used an "extreme level of violence", and it could easily have been a much worse outcome.

"A few inches lower and it could have been a homicide."

As one of the robbers ran from the pub to the getaway car, another member of the public tried to stop him, before he was tackled to the ground and stomped on.

Another patron can be seen in the footage grabbing a bar stool and approaching the men, before a second warning shot is fired into the ceiling.

The armed man is seen pointing the gun directly at terrified patrons of the bar.

The robbers are then seen getting into the white Subaru parked outside, where a third suspect was waiting.

Bolton said the car was originally stolen from Sunnyhaven Ave that evening, and dumped in Roseberry Ave half an hour after the robbery.

Police now believe the robbers used a second getaway vehicle, a light blue or grey sedan.

CCTV footage showed it travelling along Waipa St nearby before the robbery in convoy with the white Subaru.

Not long after it was dumped, the same grey/blue sedan was seen travelling on Waipa St nearby

"We believe the suspects got into that vehicle," Bolton said.

A victim of the robbery, whose name and face is obscured in a Police 10/7 video, said the ordeal had created "a lot of anxiety and nightmares" for staff, who had been doing group counselling sessions.

"I didn't realise until I was face-to-face with them. It all kind of set in when I had to give them the money."

The first male has been described as male Māori or Polynesian, about 1.8m tall with dark clothing and carrying a long barrel shotgun.

Police described the second man as being of medium build, in dark clothing.

Anybody with relevant information was encouraged to call Police 10/7 on 0800 107 4636, and mention case number four.

If you can help North Shore, Rodney & West Auckland Police ID these guys please call 0800 107 INFO and hit #4. You can chat to any of tonight's case officers through the Police website

Posted by Police Ten 7 on Wednesday, 10 October 2018