A 32-year-old man has appeared in court following the robbery of a Westpac bank in Hamilton.
The man appeared in Hamilton District Court on Saturday charged with aggravated robbery, failing to stop for police, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and, as an unlicensed driver, failing to comply with a prohibition.
Police allege the man entered the bank branch on Grey St at 3:35pm on Friday wearing a mask and armed with a knife.
He demanded cash and fled in a stolen vehicle.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Saunders of Hamilton CIB said bystanders saw what happened and quickly rang police with details.
Police abandoned a pursuit of the vehicle for safety reasons but nabbed the man a short time later in Liverpool St.
"The public played a big part in helping us find this man, and we want to acknowledge that.
"A number of people called us to let us know where he was as it was happening, and this has been a huge help," Det Sgt Saunders said.