Suspect arrested minutes after city-centre bank raid

Gardaí arrested a suspect 50 minutes after a man threatened bank staff in Cork City with a handgun and robbed around €3,000.

The man, described as being white, burst into the AIB branch at North Main St shortly before 4.05pm yesterday while a small number of customers were inside. The lone raider, who wore a short black jacket, blue jeans, and what was described as a camouflage-type cap or hat, then ran northwards from the bank in the direction of the River Lee quays.

According to gardaí, who are studying CCTV footage, the suspect was around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, believed to be in his mid to late 30s.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at 4.55pm by gardaí in the Shandon area.

An AIB spokeswoman said none of its staff or customers were injured and that the man “escaped with a small sum of money”. Gardaí confirmed there were no injuries and that no shots were fired.

Gardaí sealed off the bank for a forensic examination and despite the arrest are continuing to study CCTV footage in the hope of positively identifying the robber.

Supt Barry McPolin, who is leading the investigation, said he wanted to hear from anyone who might have seen a man fitting the description they had issued in the North Main St area between 3.45pm and 4.15pm.


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