Robbers flee after Pursical stickup

Bandits pretending to be postal employees stuck up a branch of the Banco de Costa Rica in Puriscal about 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Fuerza Pública said that there were four crooks.

The bandits tied up four bank employees and put them in the branch’s vault while they took an undetermined amount of money.

Police at first thought they were involved in a hostage situation. However, shorty after 7 p.m. the Fuerza Pública said they found the bank employee’s car in which the crooks had fled.

Juan Jose Andrade, director general of the police agency, said that officers still were in the area seeking the bandits. The car was found at Quitirrisi  a community on the main road east of Puriscal.

One of the employees was able to alert the central bank security office by flashing a sign that said a robbery was taking place. A surveillance camera in the bank picked up the message.

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