Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Man robbed bank at gunpoint twice in five days

Shocked bank staff did a double-take when an audacious robber threatened them with a gun for the second time in five days. The brazen thief struck twice at the same branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Stockport, stealing £3,000 in cash on each occasion. Both times he struck at around 10am and both times he wore the same grey tracksuit and baseball cap.

During the second raid on Monday, the robber, who had put a pair of tights over his head, pulled a handgun from a bag before pointing it at a terrified cashier, who ducked below the counter. He then aimed at a second cashier, a 20-year-old woman, and shouted: “Come here – give me the money.” She handed over about £3,000 in cash, and the raider fled.

The woman had been on duty at the same bank branch, on Bramhall Lane, Davenport, when the gunman struck in almost identical circumstances five days earlier. Then, shortly after the bank had opened, he had pulled the gun from a bag and again demanded cash. Police have now released CCTV of a man they believe to be the robber.

Det Con Jeanette Lamb, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Committing one daylight robbery is one thing, but to return to the same location less than a week later and threaten staff once more at gunpoint demonstrates a level of audacity rarely seen. The offender has struck at almost the same time of the morning, using a strikingly similar method and wearing an identical outfit. We are working hard to identify the person responsible.”

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