A lone staff member on night shift at a Napier service station in the early hours of Tuesday morning was confronted with about half a dozen people, one with a knife, breaking through the front door to rob them.

Police have seized two vehicles and are investigating after an alleged armed robbery in Napier early on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place at the Caltex service station on Hyderabad Rd just before 4am.

A Caltex Hyderabad Rd spokesman, who declined to be named, said one staff member was working the night shift at the store when six or seven people entered as part of a robbery.

“The front door was closed and locked, only the service window was open as police recommend. They pushed and kicked the sliding front door about four times until the sliding mechanism at the top broke,” he said.

He said one of the people who entered the store had a knife in hand.

The perpetrators made it out of the store with the till, which contained an estimated $1000 to $1200 in cash, and staff were still checking stock to see how much had been taken.

A police spokesman said police responded to a robbery at a petrol station on Hyderbad Rd, around 3.30am.

“Two vehicles were involved, and the offenders smashed the glass to gain entry. The offenders were armed with weapons (not firearms), various items including the cash register were stolen,” the police spokesman said in a statement.

He said police inquiries were ongoing to identify and locate those responsible.

“We understand this would have been a distressing incident for those involved, and we are in contact with the victims, who have been referred to Victim support,” he said.

There were no injuries reported.

Extracted in full from:  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/caltex-hyderbad-rd-robbery-two-vehicles-seized-in-napier-after-knife-allegedly-pulled-on-service-station-staff-member/VWG2MBGM7REHNDFLFENO5QP2K4/

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