A 29-year-old man has been arrested in relation to three bank robberies within three weeks in west Auckland.
The three robberies took place at the Glen Eden Kiwibank on June 22, The ANZ bank in West City Mall on July 1, and at the Henderson BNZ on July 13.
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In each incident, the man entered the bank and handed the teller a note indicating he had a weapon and demanded money from the teller, before fleeing with a sum of cash, police say.
The robberies were particularly distressing for staff members, Detective Senior Sergeant Roger Small says.
"We hope this arrest will provide some reassurance to the community, as well as demonstrate our commitment to finding those allegedly responsible for serious crimes and hold to account," he said.
Several thousand dollars in cash, a BMW vehicle and an imitation firearm were seized by police after they carried out a search warrant at a west Auckland address.
The man will appear in Waitakere District Court on three aggravated robbery charges.