Armed Crime Gang Terrify Staff In Barcelona Bank Raid

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

Video Credit: CEN/@mossos

This is the moment when two armed robbers burst into a bank to carry out a 170,000 EUR (145,000 GBP) heist the popular tourist city of Barcelona.

This video shows two criminals, who are believed to have links to an Italian organised crime gang, staging one of their five robberies in the north-eastern Spanish city.

The footage shows the men, wearing crash helmets and sunglasses, burst into the bank just as a female employee opens up the branch for the day.

They force her back into the building at gunpoint, making her and her colleagues lie down on the floor, as one searches for cash behind the counter and in the safe, while the other keeps watch.

Police have arrested a 63-year-old man believed to be one of two veteran Italian bank robbers responsible for a series of armed raids in the popular tourist city of Barcelona.

Cops, who say the pair escaped with a total of 170,000 EUR (145,000 GBP) in cash from the five robberies, have now arrested a 63-year-old Italian man at his home in the city.

The Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police) believe he was one of two Italian men responsible for the raids between 2016 and 2018. The second man, believed to be about 50-years-old, is still at large.

The robberies all followed exactly the same procedure and were executed within a few minutes, making police believe they were the work of highly experienced criminals.

They say the men always acted extremely calmly but did not hesitate to use violence when they felt it necessary.

Police believe the pair were part of a wider organised crime gang of six Italian nationals involved in raids on banks, jewellery stores and armoured vans going back to the 1990s.

The arrested man has been detained in custody and faces serious charges. The police investigation into the robberies continues.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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