Police in Bay of Plenty police want public help to catch a man they say committed a brazen daylight robbery in a busy shopping mall.
They say the Smith City Lotto Shop in Kawerau was robbed about 12pm on Friday.
While only a small amount of cash was stolen, they say it was a carefully planned aggravated robbery.
Police say the offender walked in, demanded cash and left via the rear of Smith City, possibly fleeing in a waiting vehicle.
The offender is described as Maori, about 180 centimetres tall with a goatee.
He was wearing a light coloured hoodie and track pants, black glasses and beanie and black shoes.
He was carrying a black shoulder bag with a white stripe.