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Gang steals thousands in bank raid.

POLICE are hunting bank robbers who broke into a Sutton Coldfield branch of HSBC and fled with tens of thousands of pounds after threatening staff.

A PS25,000 reward has now been posted to catch the gang who targeted the Boldmere Road branch shortly before it opened on Thursday, April 23.

Three men climbed a fire escape and smashed a window at the back before running into the main bank area, where staff were preparing to open, just after 9am.

One robber, with a crowbar, demanded staff open the safe where the gang grabbed tens of thousands of pounds before fleeing in a white VW Golf TDI with false plates. The car, stolen from Liverpool a month before, was found dumped in Wilkinson Close in Boldmere.

DC Richard Simpson, of West Midlands Police CID said: "Thankfully the staff were all unharmed but were understandably upset by what happened.

"A full investigation has been launched and a reward of up to PS25,000 may be paid by the British Banking Association to any member of the public who provides information.

"We urge anyone who was in the area of Boldmere Road at around 9am on 23 April, or who saw the car being dumped and the offenders leaving the area of Wilkinson Close, to contact us."

A 34-year-old man was detained in Preston on 1 May and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of the robbery. He has been remanded in custody on unrelated matters.

Call police on 101.

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Date:May 10, 2015
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