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Bungling bank robber is caught when his false LEG falls off in struggle with customers

One-legged bandit! Bungling bank robber is caught when his false LEG falls off in struggle with customers leaving him unable to run away

  • A 45-year-old man was arrested with the help of public and bank staff Friday
  • In a tussle with customers, the robber’s false leg fell off, scuppering his escape 
  • Another man escaped after attempting to rob the Sabadell branch in Alicante 
  • It is believed the attempted robbery may be linked to other hits on banks 


A bungling bank robber has been caught after his false leg fell off in a struggle with customers.  

Staff and customers helped police apprehend the 45-year-old Italian man who had held up a bank branch in Spain at gunpoint with another man.

The incident happened at the Sabadell branch in Alicante on Friday.

Police were informed that two men had burst into the bank, one of whom brandished a gun and demanded staff handover cash from the tills.

But after the alarm was raised, customers, staff and passers-by grabbed one of the men and grappled him to the ground.

In the tussle, the man’s false leg fell off, leaving him unable to run away, police confirmed.

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Staff and customers helped police apprehend a 45-year-old Italian man (centre) who had held up a bank branch in Spain at gunpoint with another man before his false leg came off, leaving him unable to escape 

The gun (pictured) brandished during the robbery was left at the scene and later found to be false

The gun (pictured) brandished during the robbery was left at the scene and later found to be false

The suspect, who has not been named, was bundled into a police car and taken to a police station in the southern Spanish city. 

A search is ongoing for the second man, who police said managed to escape, though neither of the men made off with any money.

The gun brandished during the robbery was left at the scene and later found to be false. 

It is believed the attempted robbery could be linked to similar hits on banks in Spain. A full investigation is now underway.

A police spokesman confirmed: ‘At 2pm, a call was received reporting that a robbery was taking place in a bank branch of Sabadell located in Plaza America in Alicante.’

‘The emergency protocol was activated and a device established that frustrated the robbery and culminated in the arrest of one of the perpetrators who was armed with a pistol that was finally determined to be simulated.’

‘At least one perpetrator fled from the place, more identification and location management is being carried out by the robbery squad of the Alicante Judicial Police Brigade.’

‘The detainee is of Italian nationality, 45 years old and with a previous record.’

A search is ongoing for the second man, who police said managed to escape, though neither of the men made off with any money. Pictured: The Sabadell bank in Alicante where the attempted robbery took place

A search is ongoing for the second man, who police said managed to escape, though neither of the men made off with any money. Pictured: The Sabadell bank in Alicante where the attempted robbery took place

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