At 1:30pm the two staff entered the Salisbury Street side of the Levin Mall and were carrying cash canisters for the purpose of refilling an ATM.
During this process a vehicle with three occupants stopped by the entrance and a man exited the vehicle and grabbed two canisters from the Armourguard staff.
The man then ran back to the vehicle and was chased by the Armourguard staff. During the chase he dropped one of the canisters. He managed to make it back to the vehicle with the other canister and the driver quickly drove away.
The vehicle used in the robbery is a 1990 black two-door hatch Toyota Starlet registration FZZ986. Police located it yesterday at 5pm on Tawa Street, Levin, and it is currently undergoing an examination. CCTV footage from the mall is also being reviewed.
Detective Sergeant Peter Vine of the Levin CIB says that a lot of people were at the mall when the robbery took place and officers are keen to speak to those who saw the incident.
“The mall was quite busy at this time and many people would have witnessed the robbery and seen the vehicle and its occupants. We are very keen to speak to these people as well as anyone that saw the Toyota vehicle between 1pm and 5pm yesterday afternoon.
“The public play a vital part in helping us resolve crimes and we encourage anyone with information to contact Police,” says Mr Vine.
If anyone has any information please contact Detective Sergeant Vine on (06) 366 0509. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.