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At least five shots were fired during three armed robberies within an hour in Auckland yesterday.
Police said at least four people were confronted by a man who stole money, a cellphone and a bag containing valuables, including a Taiwanese passport, between 4pm and 5pm.
During one robbery, on the summit of Mt Eden, the man fired five shots into the ground when two of the victims challenged and chased him after he took their bag.
Police recovered five discharged .22 calibre bullets.
Another of the robberies occurred at the Winter Garden at Auckland Domain.
The man was driving a 2012 royal blue Holden Commodore SV6, registration GPH784, which was stolen from a rental company lock-up compound near Auckland airport on February 6, but only reported stolen to police today.
Anyone with footage or photos of any of the incidents is urged to contact police.