Police hunt armed, masked bank robber

Police are on the lookout for an armed, mask-wearing thief wielding a shotgun who held up the Tawa branch of the BNZ about noon today.

Bank staff complied with the man’s demand for money and handed over a small amount of cash.

The thief made his getaway from the bank in a dark blue 1996 Mazda Astina 323, registration number UI4189. 

Police located this vehicle soon after the holdup and are conducting a forensic examination on it this afternoon. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said the police focus was on identifying and locating this bank robber as soon as possible.

‘‘While we don't know if the weapon was loaded, the potential for someone to be badly hurt was certainly there,’’ McKee said.

He described the armed robber as being of medium height. He was also wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with dark coloured pants.

‘‘The mask had long black hair attached with a Halloween-type red disfigured face,’’ McKee said.

The Dominion Post