|Attempted armed robbery at RBC bank|
|Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:10|
Detectives are looking for three men who attempted to rob a man who had withdrawn money from an automated teller machine at the Royal Bank of Canada on Leeward Highway in Providenciales on March 27.
When the man came out of the bank foyer, he heard someone shout to him in Creole “Hey man, come here,” according to police.
The man looked over and saw three dark-skinned men standing in the bushes by the car park. The one who shouted was dressed in a red shirt, black jeans and was wearing a hat.
The other two were dressed in all black with masks over their faces. They all appeared to be holding weapons, possibly cutlasses.
The terrified customer ran to his car and drove away.
“This was obviously a very frightening ordeal for the victim, and I’d urge anyone with information to contact us right away,” said Inspector Grantley Williams, head of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Division.
“It is unclear as to where the three men went afterwards, but we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen these men acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the Royal Canadian Bank (that) night.”
Williams warned people to be careful when using bank ATMs at night.
“Our advice to people is always be aware of your surroundings and, if at all possible, do not go to ATMs on your own,” Williams said. “This is particularly so at night time, but the same advice applies at all times of the day.
“When you use a machine, make sure nobody is watching you and always be sure to conceal your PIN at all times. As soon as you have completed your transaction, ensure that you put your money and card in a safe place and return to your vehicle straight away.”
Williams suggested using less isolated ATMs at night where people and security are present.
Anyone with information is urged to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477. Tips can be left in English, French or Spanish at www.crimestoppers.tc or by becoming a friend of Crime Stoppers TCI on Facebook.
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