A police dog tracked him to a nearby street in Hamilton, but he wasn't found.
Three men took off with cigarettes and cash from the Christchurch store.
Katia da Silva Sastre was, unfortunately for the gunman, a military cop.
They are believed to be responsible for a number of aggravated robberies.
They were spotted driving on the wrong side of the motorway before colliding with a patrol car.
A knife was pulled while a woman took off with a box of Cody's and Woodstock.
They're going to extreme measures to protect themselves from violent robberies.
The vigilant eye of Stephen Falepau in Onehunga keeps watch over his local corner store and community.
A spate of violent robberies prompted small business owners to ask for a tougher stance on thieves.
Video shows the thieves attacking the owners and stealing cigarettes.
The man is now recovering after suffering a fractured skull.
The criminal allegedly pointed a fake gun at bank tellers and demanded money.
One of the trio has since been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.
Two armed men bashed their way into locked cabinets and made off with armfuls cigarettes.
He is also facing an aggravated robbery charge over the February 16 attack.