Police hunting a man who allegedly staged an elaborate bomb hoax in a South Auckland bank have released CCTV footage of him during his getaway in a taxi.
The man entered the BNZ on the corner of Ronwood Ave and Great South Rd in Manukau about 10.30am on Friday, holding what he said was a bomb.
He left the device on the scene, and fled with a small amount of money.
The package left behind was not explosive, but police have said it was still traumatic for people who thought their lives were at risk.
After the incident, the man got into a taxi in Manukau and rode to Otara, where he got out near McDonald's.
The man can be seen sitting in the back seat talking to the taxi driver. He then makes a brief call on his mobile phone before removing his wig, where his real hair is clearly visible.
The man then dons a distinctive hat.
He is seen in the CCTV footage from the taxi removing a wig, with his real hair clearly visible.
"We expect that this video footage will help identify the suspect," Detective Sergeant Dave Honiss said.
"The clip clearly shows his mannerisms, which are often more of a giveaway for identity than a still photo. He also puts a hat on, which somebody may recognise."
Anyone who recognises the man or who knows anything about the incident is urged to call Honiss on 09 213 9154 or Detective Seema Kotecha on 09 213 9163, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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