A man toting a sawn-off shotgun has had his robbery of an Auckland bank foiled. Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin said the man pointed the weapon at staff in the ASB Bank on Blockhouse Bay Rd, who in response activated an emergency security screen. The man left quickly afterwards, empty handed, he said. The aggravated robbery happened on June 27 at about 4.10pm. The man was still on the run on June 28 and might have fled on a motorcycle. Baldwin said it was a horrible crime and it left the bank staff and customers very shaken. He said fortunately no one was hurt, but violent crimes such as this were traumatic for those involved and the offender needed to be caught. The man wore a white full-face motorcycle helmet and a distinctive blue hooded sweatshirt with white lettering including the word LOWER in capitals on the back, long blue pants and blue sports shoes. He carried a red bag. The man’s clothing was distinctive and somebody will recognise it, Baldwin said. Police appealed for anybody who saw the offender or who may have further information to get in contact with the police on 09 302 6557 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
DOG REGO DISCOUNTS
Dog registration is cheaper if paid before August, Linda Cooper says. The chairwoman of the council’s Regulatory Committee said paying online was also easier this year due to a consistent online experience and the option of a bank transfer. Discounts were offered for ‘‘responsible dog owners’’, those with desexed pets, and SuperGold and Community Services card holders. There were more than 102,000 registered dogs across the Auckland region, she said.
A special screening of the biopic McLaren has been organised for Bruce McLaren Intermediate School at WestCity on July 4. The screening was one of principal Liz Wood’s goals to take the school back to ‘all things Bruce’ to instil pride into students about the school’s famous namesake, New Zealand’s iconic racer Bruce McLaren.