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Workers bank on counselling after hold-up

BY MELANIE VERRAN
Last updated 05:00 22/05/2009
WANTED: A CCTV image of the man who robbed the Westpac Bank in Parnell, armed with a handgun.

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Staff at a Parnell bank are receiving counselling after being threatened in an armed robbery last week.

About 2.45pm on Friday a man walked into the Westpac Bank on Parnell Rd with a handgun and demanded cash.

Detective constable Bharat Dahya of the Auckland Central criminal investigation unit says the man left with about $1500 and took off down Cracroft St, across the road from the bank.

No arrests have been made, but police are hoping someone will be able to identify the offender by an image taken from CCTV footage.

"We’ve got him down as a male Maori or Polynesian, 25 to 30 years old, of solid build, 1.80 to 1.85 metres tall, clean shaven, with black hair and quite a prominent chin," Mr Dahya says.

At least two customers were in the bank at the time. No one was injured.

Police are talking to witnesses who were inside and outside the bank.

Westpac spokesman Craig Dowling says full support and counselling is being offered to the staff who were on duty and customers inside the branch.

"The impact of things like this on the individuals concerned can never be underestimated. It takes a bit of time and the bank has established processes to help with that," he says.

"It’s one of those things that the people who perpetrate these things don’t consider – how it can impact on the people standing in front of them."

If you recognise the man in the CCTV image or have any information on the robbery, contact Auckland central CIU on 302-6452.

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- East And Bays Courier

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