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Bungling Bosnian bank bandits bagged

Staff reporter · 12 Jun 2014, 15:58

Published: 12 Jun 2014 15:58 GMT+02:00

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Police were alerted when a group of armed masked men were seen trying to break in to a bank earlier this week.  The 51-year-old bank employee who was present in the branch at the time, spotted the weapon and immediately took cover, after alerting police.

The men failed to gain entry into the bank, as the main door was locked due to the branch not yet being open, as it was 8:38 a.m.

A comprehensive police operation was launched, with check-points on the roads and a helicopter search team.

The would-be robbers were seen on surveillance cameras checking out the bank's security (including the camera systems), and one was seen kicking at the door and pointing a weapon at the employee.

After failing to break through the main door, the men fled on foot.  A witness described seeing a VW Golf car with Bosnian number plates containing five men.

A police check-point spotted a car matching the suspect vehicle attempting to enter a highway on-ramp at nearby Sattledt.  After a high-speed chase, the car was intercepted near a small forest, and two of the suspects were immediately arrested.  The remaining three were found a short time later, hiding in a cemetery.

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According to unconfirmed police reports, the suspects have confessed to planning the robbery a few days ago, and four of the suspects (aged 22-33) traveled from Bosnia specifically for this purpose, joining an accomplice (the 22-year-old getaway car driver) who has already been residing in Austria since several months.

The suspects left three Bosnian passports inside the getaway car in their hurry to escape.

Staff reporter (news@thelocal.com)

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