Thug held up Scots bank with ‘gun’ as eyewitness tells of terrifying robbery

A shocked eyewitness of a Glasgow bank robbery has claimed a man ‘held it up at gunpoint’ just yards from where he was standing being served.

Police have launched a probe after the Royal Bank of Scotland on Kilmarnock Road in Shawlands was targeted at around 4.05pm on Monday, February 28.

The man made off with a three figure sum following the terrifying incident.

Passerby Julianna Boles was walking to the bus stop across the road when she said a man came running across the road to say he had witnessed the incident.

The man was ‘in shock’ but told Julianna he had witnessed the robbery happen just yards away from him, claiming the man ‘had a gun’.

Julianna, 44, told the Record: “I was standing at the bus stop on Kilmarnock Road when this older man came across the road to tell me that the Royal Bank of Scotland was robbed by someone with a gun.

“He witnessed this, he was in shock as he said he was actually standing at one of the other tellers near this guy.

“I managed to settle him as he obviously couldn’t quite believe what he had witnessed in close proximity.

“He felt he had to tell someone, he felt he had to get it off his chest.

The incident happened at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Shawlands
The incident happened at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Shawlands

“He said he was standing in close proximity to this person and explained that the guy appeared to have a gun. It could have been a fake gun, it was impossible to tell – but he said he had a gun.

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“He said he was that close to the person he could have reached out and hugged him.”

The stunned eyewitness, who said he’d never experienced anything like it in his life, told Julianna the man ‘sauntered into the bank’ before demanding the cash.

Thankfully the witness was able to escape unharmed and with his own money.

Julianna, from Shawlands, added: “I was just concerned for him, because I was in shock hearing it from him. He was very animated and was laughing because he couldn’t believe what had happened.

“But people deal with shock differently so I was more interested in just making sure he was okay.

“I managed to persuade him to contact a relative that he could meet when he parted from the bus. Thankfully someone came and met him.”

Police Scotland could not confirm to the Record that a firearm was used during the robbery, but stated the man was carrying an item wrapped in plastic bags.

Officers said that staff were left ‘very frightened’ by the experience and they have appealed for information.

The suspect is described as being between 40 and 50-years-old and was wearing a gray hooded top with light blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Laura Roberts, of Govan Police Station, said: “Thankfully no one was injured during the robbery, however it was a very frightening experience for the staff in the bank.

“Extensive inquiries are ongoing to trace the man responsible and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time, or just prior to the incident, to contact police.

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“I would also be keen to speak to anyone who may have private CCTV or dashcam footage from the area.

“Anyone with information which may assist our investigation should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 2174 of Monday, February 28.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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