Auckland police had an easy job tracking down a man who allegedly tried to hold up a community gym yesterday - he was recognised as a member. Police said the robber entered the Roskill Aqua Sport Centre in Mt Roskill yesterday morning armed with an air gun that resembled a pistol. The man had tried to disguise himself but was still recognised. When the receptionist refused to hand over any money the man fled to a waiting car - understood to be his own - and was driven home by his son. Members of the armed offenders squad were called and surrounded a local house. Two men surrendered without incident.
"There were very strong leads. Not a lot of planning went into this, I don't think," said Acting Detective Sergeant Steven Shaw.
A 41-year-old man and a 19-year-old have been jointly charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and assault with intent to rob.
They will appear in the Auckland District Court today.
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