Two bank robbers detained in Tbilisi

Two bank robbers detained in Tbilisi

Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs has detained two individuals, both with previous crime records, for burglary, illegal purchase, possession and the use of firearms, illegal deprivation of liberty and attacking policemen during an incident in a Bank of Georgia branch in the Gldani district of Tbilisi last week.

According to the ministry, the third attacker has also been identified and police are taking measures to detain him.  

"The detainees, who were armed, ran into the Bank of Georgia building and demanded money. The bank employees managed to call a guard service through pushing an alarm button. The individuals opened fire on the security police who came to the scene shortly. No one was injured," cited the ministry's statement as saying.

The ministry said that before the attack the individuals stole a car with two citizens in it.

"Due to the effective response of police the individuals were forced to release the hostages and left the scene with the stolen car," the statement reads.

Later police found the car burnt. The crime is punishable by seven to 10 years in prison.


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