Armed bank robber in New Taipei escapes with NT$500,000

The robbery occurred around 3:20 pm in Banqiao District, police officers are looking for the suspect

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E.Sun Bank, Banqiao branch (Google Image)

E.Sun Bank, Banqiao branch (Google Image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A bank robbery occurred at a branch of the E. Sun Commercial Bank (玉山銀行) in New Taipei City’s Banqiao district around 3:20 p.m. Monday afternoon, March 4.

The suspect, reportedly a man wearing a hard-hat, walked into the bank and approached a counter. He pulled a gun and began shouting that he was robbing the bank.

He ordered a cashier to open a single drawer and hand over its contents. Grabbing nearly NT$500,000 (US$16,000) in cash, the man exited the bank less than five minutes after entering.

A bank teller told police that the same man visited the bank earlier in the morning around 10:00 p.m. and appeared to be observing the area. Investigators suspect he chose to act when he did, just before the bank was closing, because the number of potential witnesses would likely be fewer, reports Apple Daily.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage and speaking to witnesses in order to track down the suspect and any potential accomplices.