A 39-year-old Red Beach man has been arrested in relation to
the armed robbery of the ASB Mairangi Bay.
He has been held in custody to appear in the North Shore
District Court and faces a charge of Aggravated Robbery.
Police recovered all of the money believed to have been
stolen in the robbery, along with a weapon they believe was
Detective Sergeant Scott Armstrong from the North Shore CIB
said the early arrest and recovery of the money was down to
the assistance from the media and members of the public, and
the excellent local knowledge of police staff.
Earlier, the police released a CCTV image of the man showing
little emotion as he threatened staff at Mairangi Bay ASB.
Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown said the man walked into
the bank about 11am and waited patiently in line until it was
"It turned a bit nasty when he got to the counter and pulled
a gun, which looked similar to a Glock pistol, and demanded
money," he said.
"Very calculated would be one way to describe it."
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the
man walked out. He remained at large last night. Mr Brown
said it was unusual for a robber to make no attempt to cover
"It does happen from time to time but certainly there's a few
aspects that we're a bit concerned about - he was very calm
but without making any attempt to disguise his face knowing
that every bank has CCTV."
Mr Brown didn't wish to speculate on what this said about the
man's state of mind or intent.
"We have our guesses but until we talk to the person involved
we can't really say."