Monday, May 29, 2017

Robbery at the Yekaterinburg Savings Bank branch foiled

A Yekaterinburg resident attempted an armed robbery at the city's Savings Bank branch on Thursday, April 5.

The robber entered the bank just after opening, held two female tellers at gunpoint and demanded money, SFLuxe.com reports.

The robber, who wore gloves but no mask, was arrested soon after entering the bank after the tellers pressed the bank's panic button, which alerted the police to the robbery.

Police said that the robber decided to commit the crime after watching a TV report about a raid on one of the capital of banks, which was shown on a crime program on the Central Television channel. The robber decided to commit the robbery in the same manner, according to SFLuxe.com.

The robber, who could face up to 10 years in prison for the robbery, was previously convicted of other crimes twice and released from prison in 2008.

Officials with Savings Bank expressed gratitude to the police for their prompt reaction to the robbery, according to SFLuxe.com.