Porirua man arrested and charged after armed robbery at BNZ in Tawa

News from NZ Police
A 42 year old Porirua man has been arrested and charged with robbing the Tawa branch of the Bank of New Zealand bank at around midday today.

He has been kept in Police custody and will appear at the Wellington District Court on Friday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says “This result is very pleasing. It is very satisfying that we have got this alleged violent offender off the streets.
This crime has caused distress and concern to bank staff and public in the area at the time. Making this arrest will reassure and make the public feel safer in their community “.

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Earlier news from NZ Police
A masked man robbed the Tawa branch of the Bank of New Zealand, on Oxford Street, just before midday today. He entered the bank with a shotgun and demanded cash. The staff complied and handed over a small amount of money while contacting the Police.

There were no customers in the store at the time and the man left and got into a dark blue 1996 Mazda Astina 323, registration UI4189, which police found a short time later abandoned nearby. This vehicle has been secured and a forensic examination will be undertaken later today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee says “Our focus is on identifying and locating this man as soon as possible. While we don’t know if the weapon was loaded, the potential for someone to be badly hurt was certainly there. An investigation has been launched and we are following some very promising leads.”

“We are appealing to the public for any assistance they can provide as witnesses to the robbery or if they have any information about the person shown in the CCTV image (above) from the bank. The bank tellers who were confronted by the man are being offered support and are being interviewed by Police.”

The male was of medium height and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with dark coloured pants. The mask had long black hair attached with a Halloween-type red disfigured face.

Anyone with any information should contact the Wellington District Crime Squad on (04) 381 2077. Anonymous information can also be provided to the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.
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