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Hospital Store robbed

Police are on the hunt for a trio who robbed Hospital Store in Ormond Road this morning.

The offenders made off with the shop till and cigarettes.

They have been described as male Maori, aged 18 to 22 and of average height.

The robbery happened just after 8am.

“The three males went into the shop, one armed with a weapon, threatened the shop proprietor and took a small quantity of cash and cigarettes,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“The store proprietor was not injured in the incident.”

A member of the public who happened to be driving towards the store on Ormond Road at the time saw the offenders get out of their vehicle.

He called 111.

“I saw three people wearing hooded jackets jump out of the vehicle outside the shop and one of them was a carrying some sort of metal bar,” the witness said.

“It looked suspicious so I called police straight away and gave them descriptions of the three people and their vehicle.”

Police responded quickly.

“We recovered the vehicle the three offenders used in Grundy Street in Riverdale,” Det Snr Sgt Ford said.

The silver-coloured Mazda Familia hatchback-type vehicle was reported stolen from Napier on Sunday night.

“We believe that vehicle passed through Wairoa earlier this morning.”

Police conducted a scene examination at Hospital Store and forensically examined the stolen vehicle.

“We ask the public for any information they may have in relation to this matter,” Det Snr Sgt Ford said.

“That's in Gisborne and in Wairoa.

“We want to hear from anyone who saw the silver-coloured Mazda Familia with three males in it overnight.”

Police have been reviewing the shop's CCTV camera footage as they work to identify the offenders.

CRIME SCENE: Police want information that will help them catch the three people who robbed the Hospital Store in Ormond Road shortly after 8am today. The offenders made off in a silver-coloured Mazda Familia hatchback-type vehicle stolen from Napier on Sunday night. It was found abandoned in Grundy Street in Riverdale this morning. Picture by Liam Clayton