An armed man, sought in relation to a series of armed robberies in Hamilton, should not be approached, police warn.
Armed officers, the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad and the Auckland-based Police Eagle Helicopter combined this afternoon as a Dinsdale Rd property was cordoned off.
"A search of the property was conducted in relation to the aggravated robberies of a Super Liquor store in Lynden Court on Thursday night, the Tuhikaramea Superette on Friday night and the targeting of a TAB, adjacent to the Hamilton Workingman's Club on King St, Frankton the same evening," Detective Senior Sergeant Ross McKay of Hamilton CIB said.
"Nine people have been bought back to the Hamilton Central Police Station and are helping us with our enquiries. To date none have been arrested, and we are seeking the public's help in locating an identified offender who is still at large."
That offender, 24-year-old Te Awamutu man, Daniel Haumaha, is believed to be armed and should not be approached by the public, Mr McKay said.
Haumaha is described as Maori, of medium build and about 175cm tall.
"If you recognise him or have information on his whereabouts we urge you not to approach him but to ring 111," Mr McKay said.
Alternatively, if people have information on Haumaha's whereabouts and can not speak to police directly, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.