By Matt Male
UPDATE – Tuesday, October 9 at 4.50pm
Police have released this statement following yesterday’s incident:
“Armed Crime Squad detectives are investigating an armed robbery in Grantville on Monday (8 October).
“Investigators have been told a man entered a bank on Bass Highway about 10.55am armed with a knife and hammer.
“He approached two different bank attendants and made demands for cash before leaving empty-handed.
“No one was injured during the incident.
“The man was wearing a balaclava, long-sleeved high-visibility polo top and dark track pants at the time.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.”
A MAN wielding a knife is on the run after attempting to rob the Grantville Bendigo Bank yesterday, Monday, October 8.
Police were told a man entered the bank at around 11am with a knife and demanded money from a teller.
The staff member told the criminal they had no money in their cash drawer and the man fled empty-handed.
No-one was injured.
At the time of going to print, police had not yet caught the criminal.
Police quickly surrounded the bank after staff sounded the alarm, with nearby shop owners saying they only found out there had been a robbery after police arrived.
For some Grantville businesses, Monday is their busiest day – with the pharmacy next door and the post office flat out when the crime occurred.
In the aftermath, police taped off the crime scene and barred customers from entering the bank.
Local police were patrolling the bank but didn’t comment on the matter, while investigators from the Armed Offenders Squad spoke to bank staff.
Kat Cox works at the Grantville Pharmacy – next door to the bank. Just hours after the incident, a crew of camera/sound technicians and a TV reporter were soon on-scene, speaking to people nearby and recording shots of police tape out the front of the bank.
They had been in the area, after filming a piece with a politician at Inverloch.
“The police initially contacted us to see if they could use our sign for the crime tape,” said Kat.
“They got here earlier this morning. And when the TV news crew came down here the first thing they were asking was ‘Are you terrified?’
“They kept pushing that angle. It was sort of a pitch, when I said no, they were like ‘Oh, why not?’
“Our concern is for the welfare of the girls’ next door. We’re in a small town. There’s good, bad and ugly everywhere but this town is safe and it’s a great place to live. I’d like you to get that across, please.”