Daylight robbery: armed men ram their way into central Sydney bank

Stolen Porsche used to smash down outside wall before sledgehammer-wielding gang takes money from tellers

Armed robbers have used a stolen Porsche SUV to ram-raid a central Sydney bank in broad daylight.

Three masked men crashed the vehicle into an automatic teller machine outside the Westpac bank on Kent Street at about 11.15am, causing the outer wall to collapse.

Armed with sledgehammers, the men then entered the bank through the opening and took money from the tellers, police said. They escaped in a blue Subaru sedan, which was waiting outside with a getaway driver.

No one was injured in the incident, but some employees were treated by paramedics for shock.

Witnesses were quick to take to Twitter.

“Ram-raid on a bank, in the city, during a weekday. No one will notice that Good plan!” read a tweet from Just Jan.

“That explains all the sirens”, Marquis wrote.

“Thieves ram-raid a bank on Kent St with a Porsche. Did they forget the bank is open during the day”, Matt Roberts tweeted.

One witness said he was across the road when the ramraid happened.

He was working on a construction site when he saw the vehicle smash into the bank.

“I saw it go through the window, and came out just as two guys jumped out of the car.”

He said the men had towels wrapped around their heads and were carrying sledgehammers and a baseball bat.

Bystanders stood shocked as the men ran into the bank, then ran out again a few minutes later carrying a bag each.

“Everyone was just shocked,” he said.

“You don’t really see this every day in the CBD on a Friday.

“But it’s Friday the 13th.”

One of the sledgehammers remained on the footpath as police officers collected statements from witnesses at about 12.30pm.

Witness Patrick Lynch said the bank robbery was surreal.

“It was so brazen, a bank robbery in the middle of town,” he told reporters at the scene.

“Everybody was in shock.”

Westpac confirmed in a statement that a branch on Kent Street had been robbed.

No staff or customers have reported injuries.

“Our priority is our customers’ and our employees’ safety and we are currently providing support to them,” Westpac said.

As the ram raid is under investigation Westpac won’t be making further comment. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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