A man who carried out aggravated robberies at two Lower Hutt services stations early today is being hunted by police.
Detective Sergeant Dean Simpson said about 3:52am a lone man entered the BP Waiwhetu service station on Whites Line East at Woburn. He confronted the two staff attendants, demanding money and cigarettes at knife point.
The attendants complied with his demands and he made off with an undisclosed sum of money and several packets of cigarettes.
At 4:28am the same man entered the Caltex service station on the corner of High Street and Brunswick Street, Lower Hutt.
“He again confronted the sole staff attendant demanding money and cigarettes at knife point,” Mr Simpson said.
“The staff member complied with his demands and he made off with an undisclosed sum of money and several packets of cigarettes.”
No one was harmed in either robbery.
The male offender is described as a light skinned Maori, aged in his early 20s, of slim to medium build, clean shaven and 1.67m to 1.72m tall.
He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with the hood up, a black baseball cap underneath the hood and a black scarf around his face. He also wore black jeans and black and white sports shoes.
Mr Simpson said Lower Hutt police wanted to speak with anyone in those areas at the time of the robberies, and who may have seen a man fitting the description or witnessed any suspicious activity.
Lower Hutt police are investigating armed robberies at two service stations overnight Friday.
The BP Connect and the Caltex in Lower Hutt were targeted within half an hour of each other at around 4am.
Inspector Marty Parker says a man bearing the same description at both robberies threatened staff with a knife and made off with cash and cigarettes.
He is described as Maori, aged about 22 and 165 centimetres tall. He was wearing a black hoodie, black beanie and scarf and had a small moustache.