Judicial agents think that the temptation was just too much for the man running the Banco Nacional branch office in Santa Teresa, Cóbano, on the Nicoya peninsula.
The branch manager is the principal suspect in the theft of some 378 million colons from the bank vault. The manager, who has the last name of Quesada, has not been seen since Saturday, judicial investigators reported Tuesday.
The missing money includes 184 million colons or about $368,000, and $361,000 in U.S. currency.
Employees arrived at the bank Monday to find the vault open and the money missing, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Quesada worked Saturday, and agents said they are acting on the theory that if Quesada took the money he did so alone.