A man has appeared in court charged with armed robbery of a bank in Rugby.
James Keay, appeared before magistrates in Nuneaton on Tuesday accused of carrying out a robbery at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Thursday, October 8.
The 41-year-old, of no fixed abode, was also charged with carrying out a robbery in Nuneaton on Monday, two counts of possessing an offensive weapon and two counts of possessing an imitation firearm. He was remanded in custody pending a trial on January 14.
Armed police descended on Rugby town centre on Thursday following reports of an armed robbery at the Royal Bank of Scotland, in Church Street, at 12.25pm. A man armed with a small axe had allegedly made threats to staff and demanded cash from the tills. He then ran off in the direction of the town centre.
Castle Street was cordoned off by police after a bag believed to be connected to the raid was found soon after, and officers remained at the scene for several hours.
The second incident took place at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Queen’s Street in Nuneaton on Monday October 12 at about 11.15am when a cashier was threatened with a weapon and ordered to hand over cash.
No one was injured during either incident but a substantial amount of cash was taken which was later recovered by police.