Elaborate bomb hoax in bank robbery

AMY MAAS
Last updated 15:04 24/01/2014
Bomb hoax suspect
SOUGHT: Police wish to speak with this man after a bank robbery in South Auckland.

Relevant offers

Crime

Mistrial declared in child sexual assault case Call for care in handling case of men facing first home-grown radicalisation charges Men behind child killings related Call for crowd funded justice in abuse case Four corrections staff members injured by a prisoner at Manawatu Prison Young lives left behind by justice system Man guilty of south Auckland attack on All Black's wife Appeal chucked out for man who claimed he raped his wife while asleep Manawatu man sent to prison after police find his meth supply in shoe Men plead guilty to New Zealand's first charges relating to radical Islam

Police are searching for a man who staged an elaborate bomb hoax at a South Auckland bank this morning.

The man walked into the BNZ on the corner of Ronwood Ave and Great South Rd, Manukau, demanding cash about 10.35am.

He was given a small amount of money and left the bank. He also left behind what he claimed was an explosive device and threatened to detonate it immediately.

Police, fire crews, ambulance and the New Zealand Defence Force bomb squad arrived on the scene shortly afterwards.

The bank and surrounding businesses were evacuated.

The bomb squad determined the package left behind was an elaborate hoax and did not pose a threat.

Police Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Ellwood said the incident was serious and police were working to identify the man allegedly involved.

The man, who was captured on CCTV footage, was described as a light-skinned Maori or Polynesian wearing a black jacket and light coloured jeans. He was also wearing black shoes with white stripes and carrying a black bag.

Anyone who recognised the man was asked to contact police on 09 213 9442 or to phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content