Bag & van images released in Kirkcaldy bank raid probe

GV of the Bank of Scotland Kirkcaldy after a man robbed it at Carberry Road Kirkcaldy 11 Nov 15
GV of the Bank of Scotland Kirkcaldy after a man robbed it at Carberry Road Kirkcaldy 11 Nov 15
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Police investigating a bank raid in Kirkcaldy have released images of a car and a bag.

They have also renewed their appeal to help find the man who staged the abduction and robbery at the Bank of Scotland in Carberry Road last Wednesday afternoon.

Image of bag released by Police Scotland after Kirkcaldy bank raid

Image of bag released by Police Scotland after Kirkcaldy bank raid

The incident sparked a full scale lockdown of the area with bomb disposal personnel and a helicopter involved in the drama.

Several local schools were locked in while the drama unfolded.

One week on and officers have issued a picture of a holdall used by the suspect as well as an image of a Volkswagen Caddy Van seen in Mitchelston Industrial Estate.

An extensive investigation is ongoing with officers analysing local CCTV footage, carrying out door-to-door inquiries and pursuing intelligence-led information.

Image of car released by Police Scotland after Kirkcaldy bank raid

Image of car released by Police Scotland after Kirkcaldy bank raid

They are still keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist them with their enquiries and particularly if they recognise the description of the man at the heart of the raid.

He is described as white, 5ft 6 inches tall, heavy build and wearing a dark green baseball cap, a dark green scarf, a thick dark blue jacket, tracksuit bottoms and sunglasses.

He spoke with a distinctive Eastern European accent.

He was also carrying a bag as he got into the taxi which drove him from Lochgelly to the bank.

Detective Inspector Charlie Duncan is leading the investigation and said: “I am keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a man in the Lochgelly area between noon and 1pm on Wednesday, November 11.

‘‘I know he was carrying before he entered the taxi which drove him from Lochgelly to Kirkcaldy.

‘‘The bag is an old JAKO, J1 sports holdall, which is no longer on sale. I would urge anyone who has seen one similar belonging to a person they may have concerns around to come forward.’’

DI Duncan also released an image of a black van seen in the area at the time of the robbery.

He added: “We are also interested in tracing the owner of a black Volkswagen Caddy van seen entering Mitchelston Industrial Estate directly behind the taxi used in the robbery.

‘‘It was seen to park in the service area near to Martin Plant Hire on Carberry Place about 1.10pm and leave again about half-an-hour later.

‘‘The van is a 2004-2010 model with a distinctive tailgate opposed to the more conventional double rear doors. On leaving the estate the driver turned left onto Earn Road, Kirkcaldy and may have been working in the area.

‘‘I need to eliminate this vehicle from our enquiries.’’

Police also want to speak to a member of the public who walked past the snack van parked directly outside the BMW garage on Carberry Road at around 1:20pm and went past the taxi, which was parked further up Carberry Road.

He is described as 20-25 years old and wearing a very distinctive two-tone blue and white jacket or tracksuit top with a white panel around the waist. He was wearing blue jeans and trainers.

Added DI Duncan: ‘‘ I believe the person responsible was still seated within the taxi when this male passed or may even been exiting as he was approached. It is vitally important we trace this person, as there is no CCTV covering this area.’’

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or anonymously or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.