An accused aggravated robber under 24-hour curfew is being hunted after he cut off his electronic ankle bracelet - and police warn that he is dangerous and likely to be armed.
They believe Teariki Marsters, 24, was also involved in recent violent incident involving a firearm in South Auckland earlier this month and are appealing to his associates to "do the right thing" and hand him in.
Detective Sergeant Brett Shields said Marsters was arrested on October 20 and charged with eight aggravated robberies, all involving guns.
He was granted electronically monitored bail on December 12 and released to an address in Tuakau under a 24-hour curfew.
However, police allege that on December 21 Marsters cut off his electronic bracelet, left his bail address and has not returned.
"He has since been actively avoiding police," said Mr Shields. "Marsters is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by any members of the public."
Marsters is an associate of the Killer Beez gang and a member of the Otara-based UMF gang.
Police said they were investigating an allegation that Marsters was involved in "another serious violence offence involving firearms", understood to be a shooting.
Marsters is described as a solidly built, muscular Maori, about 180cm tall, with a close-shaven haircut.
He has a tattoo on his upper left arm that says "Unknown Crims Up" with a picture of playing cards.
Can you help?
If you see this man do not approach him. Dial 111 or call Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.By Anna Leask @AnnaLeask Email Anna