Armed bank robbers use back door
Two men armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a crowbar jemmied their way into a South Auckland bank yesterday and, despite security doors been activated, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The thieves pulled up at ASB bank on St Georges St, Papatoetoe, in a black Ford Falcon about 9.30am, and entered the bank through the back door, a police spokeswoman said.
After a bank worker spotted the break-in, customers and staff fled to the ANZ bank across the road.
A security switch was triggered as they left which brought down security screens, the spokeswoman said, but the robbers forced open a door to the safe room where they rifled through drawers and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
Their getaway was so hurried the pair crashed into three other vehicles and were last seen driving down Kolmar Rd, she said.
A scene examination was completed yesterday and witness statements taken but police had a swift development in the case last night.
At 9pm Counties Manukau police pulled over a Nissan and the driver immediately fled on foot.
On the back seat officers found a sawn-off gun matching the description of the one used in the robbery.
It was passed on to forensics and the car was checked for fingerprints.
Police have not yet found the Ford Falcon but said the registration was similar to GNE881.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the vehicle can call Counties Manukau police on 09 261 1300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.