The story couldn’t be sat on any longer and press reports were buzzing today with news of an armed hold up just after the lunch break two days ago (Wednesday, can this be news when it’s already two days old?) at Epsom Girls Grammar School in the centre of Auckland.
An Armourguard employee was threatened with a gun by two men who stole a security box that contained the week’s takings from the school.
The guard gave chase in his van but the getaway vehicle (a stolen Nissan Elgrand) was later found abandoned in a nearby Almorah Road, a quiet residential street. It’s frightening to think that an armed robbery occured in such a densely populated area in broad daylight. There are some reports that two students were narrowly missed by the stolen van as it sped away from the school, which then went in to lockdown.
Armed hold-ups have been prevalent in New Zealand for some time but this is thought to be the first time that a school has been targeted during the day.
Security guards and police officers do not carry firearms in New Zealand.
Other recent armed robberies this year in which a firearm (not knife) was used includes (updated):
12 June: ASB Bank, Blockhouse Bay, 4.20pm
13 June: ASB Bank, St Lukes Shopping Centre at 9am
10 June: Caspar Dairy, Papatoetoe,
22 May: ASB Bank, Panmure at 2:30pm
15 May: Westpac Bank, Parnell at 2:45pm
11 May: Botany Town Centre. Shopper robbed in carpark at gunpoint 10:45am
20 April: Dairy, Whangarei – lead to a high speed chase
27 April: Aotea Crescent Chinese takeaway, Tokoroa ‘at night’
2 April: Dairy, Lipscombe Cres. Havelock Nth. Accused was bailed & then crashed whilst drunk
23 March: Bishopdale Discounter Dairy, Chch. 3 people escaped with easter eggs. 7.50pm
13 March: BNZ Bank, Manukau. Armourguard robbed of $200,000 at 5:22pm
1 March: Dairy, Edendale. Robbed by three teenagers 8:15am
10 Feb: Il Bordello Brothel, Wellington. Lone female receptionist at night.
1 Feb: New World Supermarket, Clendon at 10am