Thirsty Liquor on Everitt Road in Otara was hit twice in the past four months with offenders taking cigarettes and liquor worth thousands of dollars.
About 8 p.m. on Friday, January 5, four men armed with machetes and gun stormed into the family-owned liquor store and demanded the two attendants for cash and cigarettes.
Two offenders threatened the attendants with weapons to keep them at bay while the other two jumped on to the counter area taking cigarettes.
One of the offenders demanded manager Gagandeep Singh to go behind the counter and open the cash till and swayed his machete while Gagandip tired to open the till.
Gagandeep told media that while he was opening the till the machete almost hit him in the neck and would have caused him grievous injuries.
"When they got behind the counter it [the machete] could have hit me. Then when they made me go into the back, I thought it would be the end." Gagandeep told NZ Herald.
The security camera at the store showed the offenders running across the store threatening the lives of the two attendants and ransacking the store of liquor, cash and cigarettes.
Gurneet Mander, the other person present in the store too feared for his life as the masked offenders threatened him, brandishing their axe and machete.
The offenders were heavily disguised wearing hoodies, and masks.
This is the second incident that has threatened the lives of the store attendants. On September 19 last year, four men brandishing weapons robbed the store of tobacco, cash and liquor when the owners Jaswinder Kaur and Ravinder Singh were manning the store.
The robbers then put a knife on Jaswinder’s neck and a gun on to Ravinder’s head and got away with money and tobacco.
Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander, of Counties Manukau Police, said police were investigating the latest incident. The investigation includes reviewing forensic evidence and CCTV footage.
"At this stage, we do not believe the same offenders are responsible for both incidents (5 Jan and 19 Sept), and there is no indication to suggest the offenders are linked.'' Police said.
“Fortunately, no one was hurt this time, but if this continues, we will stop selling tobacco products in our store,” Gagandeep Singh’s mother Jaswinder Kaur told The Indian Weekender.