Gardaí appeal for bank robbery witnesses

IN the region of €3,000 was stolen from the Abbeyleix branch of Bank of Ireland during a robbery last Friday morning. A man believed to be in his late teens or early 20s robbed the bank using what gardaí said appeared to be a hundgun.

IN the region of €3,000 was stolen from the Abbeyleix branch of Bank of Ireland during a robbery last Friday morning. A man believed to be in his late teens or early 20s robbed the bank using what gardaí said appeared to be a hundgun.

Although there were no injuries during the bank robbery, both staff and civilians were left “traumatised”. Sergeant Joe Culleton told the Leinster Express that so far the response from the public has been great, but that gardaí are still appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

“He initially escaped on foot and ran across the road into the Supervalu carpark where he climbed over the wall. This would have given him access to the Mountrath Road, where a car was possibly waiting for him. We would appeal to anyone who was on the Mountrath Road at around 10.30am and saw anything unusual to contact us at 057 87 31202”.

The man has been described as being about 5,6” tall and of thin build. He was wearing white runners with black tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy top with a hood. He also had some kind of a mask or bandana covering his face.