Thieves flee with cash as guard shoots

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 January, 1995, 12:00am

A SECURITY guard fired a shotgun at three men escaping with $47,000 from a Tai Kok Tsui bank yesterday.

Abdul Rauf, 49, employed by the Bank of East Asia, retrieved his shotgun after it had been snatched by the thieves and fired one shot at them.

Police said they were unsure if any of the trio was hit.

Officers found an imitation pistol nearby which they believe was dumped by the robbers.

The men, two armed with what appeared to be pistols, entered the bank at 17-19 Fuk Tsun Street at 12.40 pm.

One grabbed Mr Rauf's shotgun while his accomplices pointed pistols at two tellers. Five other staff and one customer were inside.

The robbers got $47,000 from the tellers and left the shotgun at the door before running off towards a side lane.

Mongkok police are hunting the men, said to be in their 30s. They spoke Cantonese with a mainland accent.

Police said the one-minute raid was recorded on surveillance cameras.