Search for suspect on in Holland V bank heist – but what does he look like?

Jul 08, 2016 08.30AM |

HERE’S what we know: He was a Caucasian man, apparently Australian – though, how this was determined is unclear. (Perhaps he spoke with an Aussie accent?) He was wearing a grey hoodie, mustard-coloured pants and may have had a cap on.

Was he tall? Short? Fat or skinny? How old? We don’t know. No details of age, height or weight were given.

We’re talking of course about the robbery that happened yesterday (July 7) at the Standard Chartered Bank in Holland Village.

Anyway, the man walked into the bank around 11.30am and slipped a piece of paper to the teller. The teller, who is in her 20s, then handed over some $30,000 in cash. It’s not clear how he took the money (Did he bring his own bag?) but he took it and bolted out of the bank and ran towards Chip Bee Gardens opposite the bank.

That’s pretty much all we know at the moment about what happened. No one at the bank was hurt and the police are now conducting a manhunt for the robber.

Bank robberies are rare in Singapore. You’d think so are cracks found on MRT trains but apparently they’re not.

Cracks had also developed on 19 US-made Bombardier trains that run on the Bukit Panjang LRT, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) yesterday. However, unlike the 26 defective trains that were sent back to Chinese manufacturer Qingdao-Sifang, these were fixed in Singapore.

LTA said the cracks had developed “due to normal wear and tear” and that the defects were not “safety-critical”, meaning it would not put anyone in danger.

The transport authority added that it had continued to award Qingdao-Sifang and its Japanese partner, Kawasaki Heavy Industries with contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars despite knowing of these defects because the two companies had the highest quality score among those who tendered.

Speaking of trains, a blast last night in a commuter train cabin in Taipei’s Songshan Railway Station has left 24 people injured. No deaths were reported. Police said it was unlikely to be a terrorist attack.

A terrorist attack however did occur yesterday in Bangladesh – the second just days after 22 people were killed in a cafe at the nation’s capital Dhaka.

The attack was carried out during the country’s biggest prayer service for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, where at least 300,000 people had gathered in the Kishoreganj district.

Homemade bombs were set off by about five militants, who then attacked policemen with ‘sharp weapons‘. A handful of people died.


Featured image by CY Kong.

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