A KNIFE-wielding man raided Lloyds Bank in Studley on Tuesday, (October 13) in a daring daylight robbery – escaping on foot with a haul of cash towards Alcester.
The thief entered the bank, on Alcester Road, at around 3.30pm, and threatened to take someone hostage, verbally and using a hand-written note, whilst brandishing a knife of around 12 inches in length.
No-one was injured during the robbery and the man escaped on foot and headed along the A435 towards Alcester.
The alarm was raised by an employee at 3.27pm and the village was soon the centre of a police activity with a helicopter overhead, armed officers on the scene and up to half a dozen police patrol cars parked along Alcester Road.
The thief was a white male, around 5ft 4ins to 8ins tall, who was wearing a light grey hooded jacket, with a white number ‘7’ on a dark background on the front left side and a dark vertical stripe on the right.
The hood of the jacket was pulled tight over the thief’s head with a cord, partially covering his face.
He had also covered his nose and mouth with a white cover and was wearing dark trousers and shoes whilst carrying a white carrier bag which contained the knife.
The blade had a black handle with a silver blade which had holes in it.
He was also carrying a white piece of paper from ‘CRI’ with a poorly written and spelt hand-written note.
He is understood to be in his late twenties with a slight to average build, spoke with a local accent and may have sandy coloured eyebrows.
He is thought to have got away with £400 in £10 notes.
Anyone with information or who recognises the man should not approach him but call CID at Leamington on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 213 of October 13.