Anyone with information about this man should contact
Auckland City Police on 09 302 6516. Photo from NZ Police
A fake plastic gun used in a bank robbery this morning
was found discarded with a jacket in a bar toilet near the
scene of the crime.
A BNZ bank branch on lower Queen Street in Auckland was
robbed of between $100 and $500 in the heist.
A Caucasian man, thought to be in his 50s, presented a note
and a gun to a teller about 10.20am and made off with a small
amount of money, said Auckland City Police communications
manager Noreen Hegarty.
"There was a challenge, or an approach made to a teller."
While in the bank he was wearing a blue beanie with red
writing on the front, reading glasses, a heavy, dark,
long-sleeved jacket, blue jeans and black shoes, and was
carrying a shoulder bag over his right shoulder.
Moments later the man walked around the corner into the Right
Track Bar on Fort Street where he removed his jacket and
When he left the bar he was wearing a pink and yellow
short-sleeved checked button-up shirt with a black, long
sleeved t-shirt underneath, blue jeans, black shoes and a
cream coloured sun hat.
The duty manager at the Right Track Bar said the suspect's
jacket, complete with the fake gun used in the robbery, were
found discarded in their toilets by a customer.
"Obviously we didn't know whose it was, but one of our
customers brought it out.
"In the jacket was the fake gun that he had used," said the
manager, who did not to be named.
She described the weapon used in the robbery as "just a black
piece of s*** plastic gun".
"It would have looked real from a distance, but not close
BNZ spokesman Thor Bostelmann said there was a minimal amount
of cash taken during the incident.
"No customers or staff were injured during the event and BNZ
will be offering its full support and services to those
Police were investigating and the store would stay closed for
the remainder of the day, Mr Bostelmann said.
The BNZ branch was expected to be open for business tomorrow.
The robbery did not affect operations at BNZ's head office -
located directly above the branch.
The suspect had not been apprehended as at 7pm.
* Just after 10.20am, lower Queen Street in Auckland, a
Caucasian man thought to be aged in his 50s robs a BNZ bank
* The man leaves the bank with between $100 and $500
* He enters the Right Track Bar on Fort Street
* The man leaves the plastic gun used in the robbery in the
bar's toilets, changes his clothes and walks out of the bar