Fugitive bank branch manager surrenders himself in theft case

The bank manager from the Santa Teresa branch of Banco Nacional surrendered himself Thursday in the company of defense lawyers.

He was the man judicial agents described as the principal suspect when some $750,000 in U.S. and Costa Rican currency vanished form the bank vault. The theft came to light Monday, but the man, identified by the last name of Quesada, is believed to have taken the money Saturday after other employees left the building.

The surrender came Thursday afternoon at the prosecutor’s office in Puntarenas Centro, said the Poder Judicial.

Prosecutors are expected to seek preventative detention against the man, but a judge will give some consideration to the fact that he gave himself up. There was no report on what happened to the money.

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