Two men "shocked" a Tauranga bus driver when they ran on to the bus, grabbed its cash box and ran away.

A police media team spokeswoman said police were alerted to the theft about 2.50pm today.

The bus was parked up on Windermere Dr, Tauranga when the two men grabbed the cash box and ran, she said.

The bus driver was "a bit shocked but okay", she said.

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Police were making inquiries to find the offenders.