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.

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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.

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