Kiwi bank robber caught after decade on the run

The bank on Rangitikei St is now an ANZ.
The bank on Rangitikei St is now an ANZ. Photo credit: Google Maps

A 41-year-old man has finally been brought to justice after robbing a Palmerston North bank more than 10 years ago.

The man, who will appear in the Palmerston North District Court next Thursday on charges of aggravated robbery and cannabis cultivation, allegedly stole from a BNZ on May 24, 2007.

He had allegedly pointed a pistol at three female bank tellers at the Rangitikei St branch and demanded money, before making off with $1400. The pistol was later found to have been fake.

The women were uninjured in the incident, but were left shaken, police say.

The case, which has been closed for many years, was reopened a few months ago - and police said the culprit's capture on Thursday was "a great result".

"The phone call to the three ladies that were directly affected by the robbery was extremely satisfying," Detective Sergeant David Thompson said.

"As you can imagine they were delighted by the news, albeit a little surprised given the passage of time.

"We are always reviewing cases like this to see if anything has changed - it goes to show you can run, but you can't hide forever."


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