THE National and Local Police forces yesterday mounted a joint operation in an attempt to track down a 50-year-old male who held up a Palma bank at gun point during the afternoon and stole 60'000 euros.

The robbery was mounted just before closing time at the branch of Sa Nostra at the end of General Riera.
There were a number of clients still in the bank when the robber, said to be in his 50's, walked in brandishing a pistol and approached the cashiers demanding that they hand over all the money.

It is not clear if the weapon was real or a replica but the bank employees handed over 60'000 euros and raised the alarm as soon as the armed robber left the premises.

Police from both the National and Local Police forces rushed to the scene but there was no trace of the suspect.
However, the police do have a good description of the robber and a major search was mounted while police combed through the video images captured by the CCTV's inside the bank.

Officers also spent the afternoon questioning bank employees, clients inside the bank during the robbery and locals who may have witnessed the robber's escape.

Police are not ruling out that the suspect was not operating alone because of the speed with which he disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Sources close to the investigation believe that he may have either had a getaway car waiting or a motorbike parked near by.
Both police forces last night issued an appeal for any witnesses or members of the general public with information which could prove helpful to the investigation to come forward.


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