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Taipei Star Bank robbery suspect apprehended

2017/09/21 17:25:07

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Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The Taipei City Police Department's Shilin Precinct issued a press statement Thursday saying that the suspect who robbed the Taipei Star Bank's Shilin branch of NT$300,000 (US$9,922) a day earlier had been apprehended.

According to the statement, the unemployed 48-year-old, identified by the surname Lin (林), told police he committed the robbery due to financial debt.

The statement explained that at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday the precinct received a report of the bank robbery, along with the information that the suspect was dressed in a black top and blue jeans, wearing a motorcycle helmet, a face mask and gloves.

Lin walked into the bank, held a female bank staff member at knifepoint and demanded that another teller place the money into a bag. He made his getaway with the money in under two minutes, according to the statement.

Lai Chun-yao (賴俊堯), head of the investigation division at the Shilin Precinct, said Lin escaped on a stolen motorcycle that was later found abandoned on Jiantan Road, along with the helmet. The suspect then hailed a taxi and headed downtown.

Lai said the investigators viewed up to a hundred pieces of surveillance camera footage and found that Lin went to a post office after the robbery to transfer money.

He added that after placing officers in many locations throughout the night hoping to ambush the suspect, Lin was apprehended at 10 a.m. Thursday at Shilin MRT station, still in possession of NT$270,000 of the stolen money, some in cash and some in a bank passbook.

(By Chu Tse-wei and William Yen)