This is the moment a calm bank robber armed with a knife quietly counted out exactly what he needed and left with not a penny more.


The robbery took place at around 9 am in a La Caixa bank branch in the town of Puerto Serrano, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, in Andalusia.


The thief, only identified with the initials J.L.G.M, alias ‘El Sereno’ (‘The Serene’), went into the bank office and pointed a kitchen knife at the worker who refused to give him the money and therefore the thief had to count the banknotes by himself.


The bank’s CCTV shows the thief wearing a green shirt and holding the knife. Other workers and a person believed to be a client can be seen in the background and it seems as if they did not even notice what was happening right next to them.


Ricardo Alonso, the worker who was threatened, said to local media: "He was very calm because he is a common client here, as he has his bank account here."


The video shows how the thief asks Ricardo Alonso for the money, who said: "Do you know you are being recorded?"


But the thief continues with the threats, asking him for the money, "for better or for worse".


Then, Ricardo reprimanded his behaviour and stood up, saying "if you are pointing a knife at me, I am leaving. Take what you need."


The thief seems to be a bit surprised with the decision of the worker and he decides to open the desk drawer, before counting out the banknotes, for a total of just 500 EUR, (419 GBP), leaving the rest in the desk.


The thief then escaped and sought refuge in a house in which an suspected criminal gang called Cachimbas reside, according to reports.


Police officers arrived and arrested the man while he was trying to escape from a side door.

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Author: Ana LaCasa Martinez

Ana Lacasa Martinez has been a freelance reporter and correspondent covering Spain and South America for eight years, and has worked for many UK nationals including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the Sun. She is completely fluent in both Spanish and English, and is also an experienced news photographer.
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