Police are still seeking the 18-year-old Murupara man who stole a patrol car on Tuesday night.

He made off with the car - with a police-issue firearm inside - from Oregon Dr in the Bay of Plenty town around 7pm.

The car was found on Gibbs Rd - some 15km away - shortly before 10.50pm that night.

The man was handcuffed at the time the car was stolen, after he had been arrested.

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Any information on the mans whereabouts can be given to the Rotorua police on (07) 349 9590 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.