Police hunt bomb hoaxer
Police hunting for the person responsible an elaborate bomb hoax in South Auckland have released a new image of the man alleged to have been involved.
The man walked into the BNZ on the corner of Ronwood Ave and Great South Rd, Manukau, about 10.35am on Friday demanding cash.
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 afterward.
The bomb squad determined the package left behind was nothing but an elaborate hoax and didn't pose a threat.
Police are now working to identify the man involved.
The man, described as Maori or Polynesian, left the scene on foot and was captured in CCTV images wearing a black wig, black jacket and light pants. He was also wearing black shoes with a white stripe and was carrying a black bag.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Seema Kotecha on 09 213 9163 and Detective Sergeant Dave Honiss on 09 213 9154.
Alternatively people are urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.