Man makes off with NT$235,000 in bank heist



TAIPEI — A man made off with about NT$235,000 (US$7,288) in a bank heist in Yilan, Northeastern Taiwan on Friday, police said.

The man, wearing a hoodie and a mask, entered Citibank’s Lotong branch at around 3:20 p.m. when the bank was about to close. He wielded what appeared to be a toy gun and used it to strike a bank security guard’s arm.

He then demanded a clerk at the counter hand him the money before fleeing on a motorcycle. The entire robbery took around three minutes.

Police cordoned off the scene and were reviewing surveillance footage of the bank and nearby roads in a bid to track down the suspect.