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Cop busted for attempted robbery in bank

As a policeman, he was supposed to uphold the law.

Instead, the top cop from Aceh, North Sumatra, knowingly committed a serious crime by holding up a bank in Medan.

And that's not all.

During the attempted armed robbery, he and his accomplice also shot and wounded a bank customer.

The incident took place as the BRI bank branch on Jalan Zein Hamid was closing on Tuesday (Set 15) afternoon.

Police said the pair rode to the bank on a motorcycle without a licence plate.

Fired a shot from a rifle

They first approached one of the tellers on the pretext of wanting to carry out a transaction, only to be told that because it was after 3pm and the bank had shut its books for the day. 

The two then headed for the exit.

But on the way, they tried to rob another customer, identified as Darmansyah Berutu.

In the ensuing struggle, one of the attackers pulled out a police-issued assault rifle and fired a shot, hitting another bank customer. 

A police officer holds an assault rifle​. PHOTO: REUTERS

The rest of the customers and the bank’s security guard then piled on the assailants, overpowering one of them, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The second assailant fled on the motorbike.

Police later identified the captured assailant as First Brigadier Dian Chaidir of the Bireuen district police in Aceh.

They alleged that he and his accomplice, whom investigators have identified, had likely been following Mr Darmansyah for some time and knew that he planned to withdraw a large amount of money that day.

Police did not disclose the sum that Mr Darmansyah was carrying or the identity of the injured bystander.

The victim is believed to be in stable condition in hospital. His ribs and shoulder were injured.

Sources: Jakarta Globe, Atjeh.org, Reuters

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