March 30, 2016, 4:00 pm
A man has on Wednesday 30 March been convicted for a robbery at a bank in Kirkcaldy on November 11, 2015.
Andrew Patrick (40) pleaded guilty at Glasgow High Court to abduction, assault and robbery.
Patrick called a taxi to Lochgelly to take him to the Bank of Scotland within Mitchelston Industrial Estate.
Upon approach, the 46-year-old taxi driver was given a holdall containing what was he was told was an explosive device.
View full article on Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
He was forced to enter the bank and present a note to staff that demanded that money be delivered into the holdall.
Patrick left the scene before the taxi driver exited the bank, and officers swiftly attended.
The alleged explosive device was later found to pose no risk to the public. Patrick was traced on December 3 and arrested and charged on December 4, 2015.
Detective Inspector Stewart Andrew of Kirkcaldy CID said: “This was a terrifying experience for the taxi driver who was called to pick up a fare and subsequently forced to participate in a robbery.
“He must be commended for his bravery throughout, especially given the threat of an alleged explosive device, and his help during our investigation.
“Officers responded quickly to ensure the safety of local residents, utilising EOD resources to ensure there was no threat posed by the device, and conducted extensive enquiries in order to identify Patrick as the assailant.
“I also want to praise the bank staff for their courage, and thank the people of Kirkcaldy for their continued support of this investigation.”
Patrick is due to be sentenced at Glasgow High Court on May 20, 2016.
Source: Police Scotland
View licence infoData shown contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.