Clumsy bank robber gets caught when his fake LEG falls off in defiance of customers

One-legged bandit! Clumsy bank robber gets caught when his fake LEG falls off in a fight with customers, leaving him unable to run away

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










A clumsy bank robber is caught after his fake leg fell off in a struggle with customers.

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

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

Police were told that two men had broken into the bank, one of whom brandished a gun and demanded staff to hand over money from the tills.

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

During the struggle, the man’s false leg fell off, rendering him unable to run, police confirmed.

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Staff and customers helped police arrest a 45-year-old Italian man (center) who had held a bank branch in Spain at gunpoint with another man before his false leg came off, preventing him from escaping

The gun (photo) that brandished during the robbery was left on the spot and later turned out to be counterfeit

The gun (photo) that brandished during the robbery was left on the spot and later turned out to be counterfeit

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 underway for the second man, who, according to police, managed to escape, although neither man made off with money.

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

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

A police spokesman confirmed: ‘A call was received at 2 p.m. that a robbery had taken place at a Sabadell bank branch in Alicante’s Plaza America.’

“Emergency protocol was activated and a device was put in place that frustrated the robbery and culminated in the arrest of one of the perpetrators who was armed with a handgun that was eventually determined to be simulated.”

“At least one perpetrator has fled, more identification and location management is being carried out by the robbery brigade of the Alicante Judicial Police Brigade.”

‘The detainee has Italian nationality, is 45 years old and has a criminal record.’

A search is underway for the second man, who, according to police, managed to escape, although neither man made off with money.  Pictured: the Sabadell bank in Alicante where the attempted robbery took place

A search is underway for the second man, who, according to police, managed to escape, although neither man made off with money. Pictured: the Sabadell bank in Alicante where the attempted robbery took place

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