Tuesday, September 19, 2017
An elderly man was hit and injured during an armed robbery at a liquor store in Onehunga, on Monday night, September 18.
The robbery at liquor store occurred at 9:31 p.m., within an hour of the Crown Superette robbery in Mt Roskill.
Narinder Singh, the owner of Quality Liquor Spot on Mt Smart Road in Onehunga, was hit on the head by one of the six robbers during the incident.
This unprovoked attack on the elderly resulted in five stitches on the left side of his forehead.
Picture of Narinder Singh with five stitches on the left side of his head (Picture supplied)
“My father was hit during the robbery with a hammer, and was given immediate medical assistance last night,” Gurjit Singh, son of the owner told The Indian Weekender.
“He is out of danger now and resting in the house,” Mr Singh further added.
At 9:31 p.m. six men clad in hoodie jackets armed with hammer, knives and machetes entered the liquor store and threatened owner and the staff present at the counter.
“Some of the offenders went inside the chiller room and took alcohol bottles, while two of them jumped onto the counter and took till along with the cash.
“Another offender grabbed cigarettes going inside the counter whereas one lone offender armed with hammer charged towards my father who was in the store along with one staff member,” Mr Singh told The Indian Weekender.
The cash from the counter is estimated to be around $600 and cigarettes worth $3000-3500, along with few bottles of alcohol.
“The robbers were loud and fast, appeared to be teenagers. We had a baseball bat under the counter for our defence but did not use it,” Gorinder Singh, the staff who witnessed the robbery told The Indian Weekender.
“I own this store for the last one year, and this is the first time something like this has happened,” Mr Gurjit Singh said.
The robbers then ran away with cash, cigarettes and alcohol in a sedan parked just outside the store.
Staff Gorinder Singh called the 111 within seconds after the robbers left and told injured Narinder Singh to remain at the back side of the store.
The forensics visited the store on Tuesday morning, September 19 to collect fingerprints and other evidence to investigate the incident.
A grab of the CCTV footage screen showing offenders climbing the counter at Onehunga Liquor Spot (IWK Picture)
The Indian Weekender has requested the police for an update on the ongoing investigation of the incident.