18 Feb 2013

Police hunt for man after 'brazen' robberies

10:17 pm on 18 February 2013

Police are relying on the public to help find an armed thief on the run after a series of robberies at tourist spots in Auckland described as brazen and dangerous.

The gunman fired five shots into the ground at the summit of Mount Eden on Sunday between 4pm and 5pm.

Police say the man robbed about four sightseers at the Auckland Domain Wintergardens, the base of Mount Eden and near the summit.

The man presented the gun in all robberies, but only fired it at the summit when challenged as he stole a bag.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard says police are appealing for photos and videos that may have been taken by people in the area at the time.

Mr Beard says the man sought is Maori or Polynesian, about 182 centimetres (6ft) tall. He was driving a stolen royal-blue Holden Commodore, registration number GPH784, believed to have been taken from a rental company compound near Auckland airport two weeks ago.

Police say the man is still thought to be armed and dangerous, and warn that members of the public should not approach him.