Security guard threatened at gunpoint

PUBLISHED: 14:24 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:59 31 May 2010

A MASKED armed robber threatened a security guard with a handgun before stealing a money box with an undisclosed amount of cash from Barclays Bank in Stansted on Tuesday. The robbery happened at about 2.40pm, when a man wearing dark clothes and a balaclav

A MASKED armed robber threatened a security guard with a handgun before stealing a money box with an undisclosed amount of cash from Barclays Bank in Stansted on Tuesday.

The robbery happened at about 2.40pm, when a man wearing dark clothes and a balaclava entered the bank on Cambridge Road.

The security guard, a man in his 50s, was confronted at gunpoint and ordered to hand over the cash box that he was carrying.

He did as he was told and was not injured.

Three members of staff and one customer in the bank witnessed the robbery, and described seeing the man get into a black 4x4 vehicle parked outside and driving off down the B1383 towards Saffron Walden.

A police spokesman said: "Shortly after the robbery, a black Volvo 4x4 was found in Dove Close, half a mile from the bank.

"The inside of the car was covered in dye that is though to have come from the cash box."

It is not known how much cash was contained in the box or whether the box was found in the abandoned car.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the robbery, the Volvo, or anybody with red dye on their clothes around the time of the incident, to call Braintree Police Station on 01376 551312.

They would particularly like to hear from anyone who witnessed a man exiting a Volvo XC90 and getting into a separate car.

A spokesman for Barclays was unavailable for comment at the time of going to print.

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