Robber holds up bank, hands gun to staff

Published Jan 7 2012, 00:50 GMT  |  By

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Police are on the hunt for a thief who accidentally handed his gun to bank tellers during an armed robbery.

The mystery man made the gaffe when he held up a Halifax branch in Cheapside, London and demanded £700,000 from a worker.

Authorities say he handed over his weapon to the male cashier instead of a bag, but was able to quickly snatch it back and make his getaway on a staff member's bike.

Police are now offering a £25,000 reward for information about the robbery, which took place last October. They have also released CCTV of the robber before he entered the bank.

"This man is not the sharpest tool in the box," a police source told The Telegraph. "The guess is that he is very inexperienced and panicked when he approached the cashier, handing over his gun instead of a bag by mistake."

However, Detective Inspector Lee Bowen reminded the public that the man - believed to be in his 20s or 30s and described as "white, unshaven and stocky" - had still committed "a serious crime".

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