Bike bandit still riding his luck

Bike bandit still riding his luck

Not-so-fast getaway … the offender’s vehicle of choice – a pink pushbike.THERE are no screeching tyres and no screams of ”go! go! go!” With just a baseball cap and sunnies to disguise his image, the armed robber calmly walks into Westpac bank with a handgun and a smile, demands cash and flees on a bicycle. A silver-coloured mountain bike. Or, sometimes, a pink one.

Despite more than 100 arrests for armed robbery this year alone, the most unlikely of alleged criminals continues to evade police.

The head of the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, Superintendent Luke Moore, said the case was one of the more frustrating on their books.

”He’s not getting much money, but as yet we’ve been unable to find out who he is, or even learn anything more about him other than the description witnesses have given,” he said.

Police established Strike Force Reedy to examine five bank robberies – all Westpac branches – by the man dubbed the ”Bicycle Bandit” last year, in suburbs from St Ives to Bondi to Five Dock.

He first struck at 1.30pm on Wednesday, May 4, last year. A staff member of the St Ives Westpac was threatened with a firearm, with the offender demanding cash and fleeing with a small sum.

Employees and customers were in the bank at the time, including a young child.

Six weeks later at the St Leonards Westpac, the same robber threatened a teller with a handgun before security screens were activated. He left empty-handed.

However, it was not long before he struck again. On June 30, he targeted the Edgecliff branch, leaving with a small sum of cash.

Then, on November 11 last year, he struck twice – travelling on a bicycle from Bondi Junction to Five Dock.

He got away with cash from the latter only. No shots were fired and nobody was injured.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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