Bank customer catches robber

A man has been charged over the attempted raid at the RBS branch in Gilmerton. Picture: Greg Macvean

A man has been charged over the attempted raid at the RBS branch in Gilmerton. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A BANK customer captured a robber who tried to steal the cash he was depositing inside an RBS branch.

The raider pounced at around 12.10pm yesterday as the victim waited to deposit money in the Royal Bank of Scotland in Drum Street, 
Gilmerton.

He was foiled when the customer bravely fought back, grappling with the suspect and holding on to him while staff alerted police.

Officers arrested and charged a 20-year-old man in connection with the attempted robbery.

The bizarre incident came after a bank robbery at an RBS branch in St John’s Road, Corstorphine, on Monday morning when the suspect 
used a taxi as a getaway vehicle. Police said yesterday a 44-year-old man has been charged over the raid.

A witness, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw the police van arrive outside the bank and officers go inside. They brought out a guy wearing a hooded top covering his head and put him in the van.”

Staff at the branch said they were unable to comment on the incident.

The bank was briefly closed yesterday lunchtime while officers interviewed witnesses while arriving customers waited outside. It was reopened a short time later.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A man has been detained following an attempted robbery of a customer within the Royal Bank of Scotland in Drum Street, Edinburgh, at around 12.10pm yesterday.”

An RBS spokeswoman said: “The safety of our customers and staff is extremely important to us and we are working closely with the police at this time.”