A failed armed robber wearing rubber gloves and a mask fired a shot in an Otaki bank before escaping empty-handed this morning.
Police spokeswoman Annie Coughlan said the solidly-built man entered the bank on Main St, Otaki at 9.30am.
He was wearing a blue mask with white teeth details, a black jacket with stripes above and below the elbows, a high-visibility top, black pants and orange rubber gloves.
He had a firearm and fired a single shot into a security door used by staff.
He left empty-handed through the front door, then walked behind the bank to a car park.
He was last seen heading south on foot.
Nobody was hurt, though bank staff were shaken.
It was not immediately clear what sort of weapon the man had.
Police are seeking the seeking the assistance in locating the offender, and ask people to call 111 if they spot him.
Suspicious behaviour can be reported to 04 381 2000.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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