Thursday, 5 January 2012

Jyske Bank 'robber' appeared in court this morning

GIBRALTAR (Text & Photo: GibChronicle) A man suspected of trying to rob Jyske Bank by claiming he had a gun was found to be unarmed when he was arrested by police minutes later. The man allegedly walked into the Main Street bank just after midday yesterday and passed a note to a clerk claiming he was armed and asking for cash, the Chronicle understands. A heavy contingent of uniformed officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police rushed to the scene after bank officials raised the alarm at around 12.20pm. Main Street was heaving with pedestrians at the time but the incident passed largely unnoticed outside the bank until police arrived-  Although armed police were on standby in the area, they were not actually deployed, an RGP spokesman said. The man was said to have left the bank empty handed and was arrested by police officers outside less than 30 minutes after the incident started. The bank remained sealed off under police guard for some time after the incident as RGP forensics officers worked at the scene. The man has been identified as Roderick Macdonald (d.o.b.05/12/61, of No Fixed Place of Abode), who appeared in court this morning, charged with one count of Attempted Robbery.

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