Man questioned over bank raid

Gardai in Cork are this morning continuing to question a man arrested in connection with a raid on a city centre bank yesterday where a lone raider held up staff and made off with some cash.

Gardai in Cork are this morning continuing to question a man arrested in connection with a raid on a city centre bank yesterday where a lone raider held up staff and made off with some cash.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013, 00:00

Gardaí in Cork are this morning continuing to question a man arrested in connection with a raid on a city centre bank yesterday where a lone raider held up staff and made off with some cash.

The man, dressed in black, produced what appeared to be a firearm when he burst into the AIB Bank on North Main Street sometime at around 4.05pm yesterday afternoon and held up staff.

It is understood the man,who spoke with an Eastern European accent, got a small amount of cash before fleeing on foot along the North Main Street towards the North Gate Bridge.

Nobody was injured in the raid though staff were said to be shaken.

Members of the Regional Support Unit responded to the alarm being raised and a Lithuanian man in his mid 30s was arrested a short time later in the Shandon Street area.

The man was arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act which allows gardaí hold suspects for up to seven days. He is being questioned at the Bridewell garda station. 

Gardaí are continuing to search for the stolen money and what they believe was a handgun and appealed to anyone who can help them to contact the Bridewell Garda Station on 021-4943330.