23 Aug 2016

Footage of unsolved robberies released

11:56 am on 23 August 2016

Police believe two bank robberies carried out four months apart in Auckland are linked and have released security footage as they appeal for information.

Avondale Police have released the CCTV footage of the two unsolved robberies, including one carried out by a man with bandages on his face and his arm in a sling.

The first took place on Friday 11 December at the Westforce Credit Union on Great North Road, which had several customers in it at the time.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marcia Murray said the man had plasters over his face, his arm in a sling and wore sunglasses.

"While he looks comical, he has pulled a gun out of the sling and shown it to the teller, as a mother and her son are standing right next to him."

The man made the teller empty the tills before fleeing.

Four months later, on 12 April, the same Credit Union was robbed again.

This time the man who demanded money was wearing sunglasses and had his face covered with a bandana. He took the money and fled down a driveway next to the building.

"He's holding a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun which can be seen by the teller," said Detective Senior Sergeant Murray.

Both incidents lasted less than a minute.

Detective Senior Sergeant Murray said police believe the incidents were linked, and whoever carried them out would have told someone.

"This is a person who will have suddenly had a lot of money that he didn't have before, and family members or friends might have wondered why" says Det Snr Sgt Murray.

Anyone with informationis asked to call Avondale CIB or Crimestoppers.