Cleland bank robbery
Police are hunting two armed robbers after a masked man burst into a Cleland bank brandishing a handgun on Monday afternoon.
Strathclyde Police are appealing for information and witnesses to come forward, following the cash-in-transit robbery at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Main Street.
Staff and customers were shaken, but uninjured, and police are still establishing what, if anything, was stolen after the incident which occurred just after 2pm on Monday.
Cops confirmed two masked men in a black Volkswagen Golf GTI approached a G4s security van delivering money to the bank.
One of them is said to have gotten out of the car and followed a security guard into the bank where he threatened him with the firearm.
The robber demanded the case the security guard was carrying and then escaped with it in the waiting car, which sped off in the direction of Shotts.
The burned-out vehicle was subsequently found in nearby Shawstonfoot Road and is undergoing forensic tests.
A spokeswoman for RBS said: “The cash-in-transit guard had just walked into the branch when a lone male entered with a handgun, telling him to drop the box. He did and the man took the box, but there was nothing in it. The person escaped with nothing from the branch.
“A few customers witnessed the incident but no-one was hurt. The branch stayed closed after the incident and we are assisting police with their inquiries.”
Photographer James Sommerville lives near where the car was discovered. He said: “I could see smoke from the window and went down to see what was going on. There was a burned-out Volkswagen car and a few detectives around.”
Police said the firearm was not discharged during the incident.
The two men are described as wearing dark clothes and masks.
Detective Chief Inspector Pat Campbell who is leading the investigation , said: “It’s imperative we catch the men responsible for this robbery. Brandishing a firearm in broad daylight is totally unacceptable and the consequences could have been much more serious.
“It is possible the black, Golf GTI that was used by the suspects may have been in the area prior to the robbery.
“We are checking CCTV and already, a number of people have come forward.
“Anyone who has any information can contact CID at Wishaw Police Office on 01698 202 600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”