Women hide in toilet as man armed with knife and scissors robs Porirua vape shop
CCTV footage of a masked man, armed with a knife and scissors, entering a Porirua vape shop on Saturday. He demanded money from the till.

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CCTV footage of a masked male, armed with a knife and scissors, getting into a Porirua vape store on Saturday. He demanded cash from the until.

A witness to an aggravated theft at a vape shop hid in a toilet with her teenage daughter and another female immediately after being confronted by the person, who was armed with a knife and scissors.

The girl, who did not want to be identified for security reasons, stated she read a “crash” whilst browsing at the Shosha store in Porirua, north of Wellington, about 1.30pm on Saturday.

As she turned to see in which the noise had arrive from, all she could see was two palms – a single of which was wielding scissors with the blades open. The other held a knife that was pointed at the until.

“I listened to his voice and he explained: ‘I want the cash, or I’m heading to start out slicing individuals.’ ”

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The manager of the Shosha store on Lyttelton Ave in Porirua said this was the first time in the two years he'd worked there that the shop was robbed.

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The manager of the Shosha shop on Lyttelton Ave in Porirua reported this was the first time in the two yrs he’d worked there that the store was robbed.

The male keeping the weapons was putting on a blue surgical deal with mask and a darkish-coloured hoodie, she explained.

Her 19-12 months-outdated daughter, who has stress and anxiety, was “white as sheet”, so the mother “just went into flight mode”.

The pair walked quietly to the again of the shop and, together with a different woman, locked by themselves in the bathroom.

She praised the bravery of the a few employees associates who were on the store flooring, describing their behaviour through the incident as tranquil.

CCTV footage shows a staff member putting cash into a black plastic bag as the robber looks on.

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CCTV footage displays a staff members member putting hard cash into a black plastic bag as the robber appears to be like on.

By the toilet doorway, the 3 gals read a person of the male workforce notify the robber “look mate you can just have it”.

CCTV footage considered by Things showed the worker little by little putting cash from the till into a black plastic bag and handing it to the offender.

Meanwhile, out back again, the woman’s daughter was “hysterical”.

The gals quickly listened to voices telling them it was risk-free to appear out. Even so, the woman and her daughter remained careful, and stayed in the toilet until finally the other consumer went out and then gave them the all-distinct.

The female said the law enforcement arrived in less than 5 minutes and referred them to Target Aid just after taking their statements.

She felt traumatised by the ordeal, but was much more concerned about the lasting result it could have on her daughter.

“I really feel indignant for the reason that my daughter has experienced anxiety all her existence … This has established her back many years now. She’s not been by yourself [since]. She’s just obtaining flashbacks.”

The man who robbed the vape shop was wearing a hoodie and blue surgical mask.

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The gentleman who robbed the vape store was putting on a hoodie and blue surgical mask.

The store’s supervisor, Simranjeet Singh​, was not working at the time of the robbery but received a simply call from his team soon afterwards.

He mentioned the three staff who ended up there were being performing alright, and he was proud of how they responded.

“Money doesn’t make any difference at the conclude of the working day … My staff’s life subject. I always tell them safety is first.”

Singh was not nonetheless absolutely sure accurately how a lot dollars experienced been stolen.

It was the initial time the shop experienced been robbed in the two several years he’d labored there.

Detective Sergeant Steve Williamson​, of Wellington CIB, mentioned law enforcement were investigating an aggravated robbery at a Lyttelton Ave small business, which occurred just right after 1.30pm on Saturday.

No arrests experienced been made by Tuesday afternon but law enforcement were next lines of inquiry.

Williamson asked people with information to call 105 and quote file quantity 210403/7016