25 Jan 2017

Police seek bicycle bank robber

6:20 pm on 25 January 2017

An armed cyclist has held up two Christchurch Kiwibank branches in six days.

Kiwibank sign

An armed cyclist has held up two Christchurch Kiwibanks in six days. Photo: RNZ

About 12.30pm today, a masked man threatened staff at a Riccarton Rd Kiwibank with a gun. He left with an undisclosed sum of cash.

He left on a red bicycle. He wore a silver helmet and carried a black bag and a long, thin firearm.

Last Thursday, the Kiwibank at Bush Inn in Upper Riccarton was robbed by a man with a gun who left on a bicycle.

Police said they were gathering CCTV footage and a scene examination was under way.

The offender was described as a middle-aged European male, wearing a white mask with a dark balaclava over it.

Anyone who saw the man should phone Detective Senior Sergeant Leairne Dow on (03) 363-7400.

The Bush Inn Kiwibank was robbed on 17 November. In that incident, a man wearing all black, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, approached a teller with a note that said he had a gun.

He was given cash and walked towards the underground carpark.

No-one had yet been arrested for the November robbery, a police spokeswoman said.