Teller 'shaken up' by robbery

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 16:21 15/08/2012
Bank robbery Petone
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A security camera image of a man police are seeking in connection with a robbery at Westpac in Petone.

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The man who robbed a Petone bank handed a threatening note to a teller, which suggested he would assault her with a weapon if she didn't give him cash.

Police are still hunting for a man who walked into Westpac Bank, on the corner of Jackson and Queen streets about 9.10am yesterday and approached the teller.

"The man asked for a sum of money and handed over a note. The teller gave him a small amount of cash and he then left on foot and ran across Jackson Street and headed in the direction of the Petone Railway Station," said Detective Sergeant George Campbell.

No-one was harmed in the incident, but the robber handed over a note which suggested he would seriously assault the teller with a weapon, Mr Campbell said.''She was quite shaken up by the whole thing.''

He would not reveal how much money had been stolen.

Police had received calls from members of the public nominating suspects since the robbery, but no one had been arrested, he said.

The offender was described as a Maori male, of medium build. He was wearing a black beanie, dark gloves and a grey and black patterned hooded sweatshirt.

He also had a distinctive orange plaster above his left eye.

"We hope someone will recognise this offender in the attached CCTV images and contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information should phone Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The robbery is not the first at the bank.

In May 2007 a man walked into the bank and pointed a gun at tellers and customers before fleeing on foot.

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