Auckland bar staff devastated after armed robbers steal week's worth of earnings at gunpoint

Staff were held at gunpoint and a week's worth of earnings were stolen during a terrifying aggravated robbery at an Auckland sports bar overnight.

Police believe it's part of a crime spree that's seen three establishments targeted over three nights by men armed with hammers and firearms.

It has also robbed one business of what could've been its biggest night of the year.

The Warriors flags should've been flying at Point Chevalier's Wapiti Sports Bar on Saturday afternoon, with TVs blaring and fans cheering.

Instead, a lone tradie fixes the smashed-in door - and not a league jersey in sight.

"We literally have rugby league teams that we sponsor and they all turn up solely to watch the game as well," said Anton Rogers-Williams, general manager at Wapiti Sports Bar.

"Because of the situation that happened in the early hours of the morning, we are no longer going to be open for that."

Multiple offenders remain at large after Auckland's latest crime spree. 

These two men captured on CCTV vision are wanted by Police.
These two men captured on CCTV vision are wanted by Police. Photo credit: Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa / New Zealand Police.

Police are looking for one man in particular, relating to three aggravated robberies across Point Chevalier and Mount Albert this week.

A second man is wanted too - he has a distinctive facial tattoo and brandishes a rifle on the CCTV vision released by police on Saturday.

It all started at Mount Albert Sports Bar about midnight Wednesday.

They then stormed Harlequin Bar early Friday, before the terrifying ordeal at Wapiti Sports Bar on Saturday.

The manager at Mount Albert Sports Bar says staff simply need time to heal, that's because one of them was here working on Wednesday night.

There were four patrons inside too - they turned up for a quiet drink, instead they were held up by four men wielding hammers.

A number of staff and patrons were inside the Harlequin too - shots were fired inside, before offenders stole cash from tills and gaming machines.

A single tradie helps with repairs after armed robbers targeted Wapiti Sports Bar.
A single tradie helps with repairs after armed robbers targeted Wapiti Sports Bar. Photo credit: Newshub.

Down the road at Wapiti Sports Bar, Rogers-Williams is dealing with distraught staff - four were on duty early this morning.

"When the offenders did come inside the venue there were firearms involved, and it also got to the point where firearms were placed on people's heads - by people, I mean staff," he told Newshub.

Then there's the significant financial toll.

"It was five days' worth of takings as well as not only our gaming float but our bar float."

Police are also yet to find a getaway car - a silver Toyota Mark X with registration HTU397.

In a statement, Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Friend called the offending "incredibly alarming".

The victims have a message too.

"If they saw it from our side of things, or if they were on our side of the fence, it's pretty hard," said Rogers-Williams.