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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 5 121657 By Chris Harrowell POLICE are investigating a series of robberies that’s seen armed men burst into licensed premises and demand cash from staff before feeing. Two criminal offenders targeted O’Hagan’s Irish Pub and Grill in Highland Park on November 20. Nearby Africa Highland Park bar was robbed by two men on November 4, while expensive wristwatches were stolen during a burglary at Highland Park Jewel- lers last Wednesday. Detective sergeant Ian McGill, of Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch, says two men carrying a sawn-off shot- gun and pistol allegedly walked into O’Hagan’s in Dunrobin Place at about 10pm on November 20. One of the men presented the shotgun at the bar’s duty manager and demanded money from the safe and cash register, while the other offender stole personal items from patrons. They left in a stolen white Sub- aru motor vehicle, later recovered by police in Skilling Place, Farm Cove. Detective inspector Mark Gutry, of Counties Manukau Police, says both offenders were wearing dark clothing and hooded tops. “They stole cellphones and a wallet from patrons during the rob- bery,” Mr Gutry told the Times. “No one was injured, but threats were made with one of the fre- arms. Both offenders were of solid build, but their ethnicity is unknown.” Mr Gutry says police encourage the public to report all suspicious activity near bars and other social hot spots. “There have been a number of robberies in Counties Manukau,” he says. “If anyone sees other people hanging around and looking suspi- cious, they should phone us on 111 immediately. “We also want to hear from any- one who may have seen the stolen white Subaru vehicle in the area last week.” Mr Gutry says armed robberies can be traumatic for the victims. “It’s a terrifying experience. In this case, everyone behaved appro- priately and co-operated with the offenders’ demands.” Police are also investigating an armed incident at Africa Highland Park licensed premises on Novem- ber 4. Two men armed with a pistol and screwdriver allegedly walked into the Pakuranga Road bar at about 9.15pm. Its duty manager, who asked not to be named, says one of the robbers threatened a staff mem- ber and demanded the safe to be opened. The two criminal offenders were dark-skinned and wore hooded tops with bandanas covering their faces. One is described as slim build and about 179cm tall, while the other offender was about 182cm tall and of solid build. “They were in the bar for about fve minutes and no one was harmed,” says the manager. “I’ve been held up several times. It’s something you get used to. “One of our staff members was shaken up, but the rest were fne. “Staff have been offered coun- selling through the police, whose response was excellent and so professional.” A security alarm at Highland Park Jewellers triggered at about 4.15am on November 21, when a burglar threw a rock through one of the store’s glass windows and climbed inside. Police say the unidentifed thief stole 25-30 “high-end” watches from the shop in Pakuranga Road before feeing. People with information on the aggravated robberies at O’Hagan’s on November 20 and Africa High- land Park on November 4, or the burglary at Highland Park Jewel- lers on November 21, can phone Counties Manukau Police on 261- 1300, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers tip-off line on 0800-555-111. Weapons used in robberies Two armed men raided O'Hagan's Irish Pub and Grill in Highland Park last week. Times photo Wayne Martin POLICE Deter thieves by locking up By Chris Harrowell THE presence of residents inside homes they are targeting is not stopping brazen burglars from committing their crimes. A number of burglaries have been carried out over the past month in East Auckland, including in Meadowlands and North Park. Four homes were targeted overnight in the suburbs on November 14, in Sandalwood Place, Ambleside Drive, Yarlside Place and Embleton Close, all of which are small cul-de-sacs. "People need to ensure their home's windows are secure," says acting detective sergeant Sam Hutcheson, of Counties Manukau East Police's tactical crime reduction unit. "If windows must be open, they need to have the safety latch on. These o enders enter through insecure windows while the properties' occupants are in another part of the house. "They were either asleep in a bedroom or awake in the lounge while the o enders target electronic property and jewellery. They take anything they can carry in their arms." Mr Hutcheson says as summer draws near temperatures increase and more people leave their windows open at night. "If people have their windows open, they should be locked when they go to bed," he says. "It's worrying these o enders are gaining access to houses while residents are present. If they were confronted [by a homeowner] who knows what could happen." Mr Hutcheson says members of the public who see anyone acting suspiciously at night or in the early hours of the morning in residential areas should phone police immediately on 111. People with information on the series of burglaries in Meadowlands and North Park can phone Counties Manukau East Police's tactical crime reduction unit on 261-1300, or Crimestoppers tip-o line on 0800-555- 111.
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