By Humphrey Carter
POLICE in Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa were last night hunting an armed raider who robbed a bank in Alcudia yesterday morning and fled with 50'000 euros.

At 9.30am, a man with an English accent wearing a black ski-mask and armed with a shotgun, stormed in to the Port d'Alcudia branch of the Banco de Credito Balear on the Arta road.

In the process of the robbery, the branch manager suffered a minor head wound and the robber fled in the direction of the port with 50'000 euros.
The police do not know whether the suspect used a motorbike or a getaway car, but the security forces in Alcudia and the Port of Pollensa were put on full alert.

According to the injured branch manager, he received medical treatment for his head wound at the scene. He said the robber is a about 1 metre 90 tall and was wearing a large blue jumper.

Detectives and the Guardia Civil spent most of yesterday combing the bank for finger prints and going through the closed circuit video recordings while a manhunt was launched in the north east of the island with road blocks thrown up on the main access roads.

Police sources have revealed that they believe the suspect may well be eastern European - most probably Bulgarian or Romanian - and had the robbery well planned.

According to the police, the armed robber knew the exact time to strike in order to escape with the maximum amount of cash.
Normally, banks only remove such large amounts of cash from their safes at certain times of the day.
Nevertheless, police are confident that the security camera video recordings will help them catch the suspect within the next couple of days.


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