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Thief kidnaps taxi driver and forces him to rob bank by threatening him with explosives

By Mason White 11:32 AM November 13, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a thief on a charge of robbery after allegedly forcing a taxi driver to rob a bank for him by threatening him with explosives, police in Scotland said.

Fife police said that the incident unfolded on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., at a Bank of Scotland branch.

According to the police investigation, the taxi driver picked up the suspect on Lochgelly Avenue. The driver was then forced to carry out the robbery by being threatened with a bomb.

After the robbery was complete, police searched the area for explosives, but did not find anything. The thief fled with a large sum of money.

The suspect was described as being a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and overweight.

He was wearing a green baseball cap, dark green scarf, thick dark blue jacket, long pants and sunglasses at the time of the robbery.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station. The taxi driver was identified as 46-year-old Alistair Rankin.