Police hunting for armed masked man
Police are hunting for a man who robbed Scotiabank in Black Rock, St Michael this morning, leaving customers shaken and forcing the early closure of the financial institution.
Lawmen have appealed for public assistance in tracking down the culprit.
The aggravated burglary occurred around 10:10 a.m. when a masked man, armed with a firearm, entered the bank.
One eyewitness, Wayne Jackman, told Barbados TODAY he saw the incident unfold and it was over in about two minutes.
He said the man was wearing a green mask and mauve pants and described him as “bony and frail”.
“He tell everybody ‘get back, get back’ with this lil gun which I think was mock. Then he went to the tellers with the lil gun and two little plastic bags . . . He give each a plastic bag and say ‘full that up with the . . . money now’,” Jackman said.
“To tell the truth, it didn’t scare me. I think the tellers were scared but the people didn’t seem scared.”
The man got out of the bank with an undisclosed sum of money and ran towards nearby Deacons Road.
The bank closed its doors for the rest of the day and customers who turned up to do business were met with a sign on the door that the branch was temporarily closed “due to unforseen circumstances”.
Police public relations officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch said no one was injured in the burglary.
Police are appealing to anyone with information that could help them capture the culprit to call police emergency number 211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).