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Granny, 82, takes on bank robber, 62

2012-10-17 13:02

Vienna - An 82-year-old Austrian grandmother took on a bank robber who was armed with a gun and a home-made bomb, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Hertha Wallecker ripped the thief's mask off his head and tore a bag containing cash he had stolen out of his hand, shouting: "The money belongs to the bank."

The robber, identified later as Gerhard P, aged 62, fled the bank in the village of Sankt Egyden in eastern Austria empty-handed and was arrested later in the day.

"Maybe I watch too many police series on television," the heroine told the Oesterreich daily. "There were also men there, standing around. None of them lifted a finger."

Comments
  • albert.m.burger - 2012-10-17 13:32

    Austrians is awesome.... Except for zat one guy...

      customdesign - 2012-10-17 14:45

      And the other men who stood around and did nothing

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-17 13:33

    He must b da bumpiest robber

  • dracolusus - 2012-10-17 13:36

    Good for you granny. No one else lifted a finger, cause he had a GUN! That and the banks money is insured.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-10-17 14:15

      And a bomb, she could have caused everyone in that bank to be killed. Suppose because she was so old he did nothing. Had it been a younger male ...

  • lydonmcg - 2012-10-17 13:38

    These News24 stock photos...never a dull moment.

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-10-17 14:21

    flying ninja grannies. yee-ha!

  • Tshepo Molefe - 2012-10-17 14:50

    you go granny

  • sbchinji - 2012-10-17 14:56

    It's unbelievable. She has a big heart.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-17 18:02

    Cheeky magogo! Don't try it in South Africa

  • pvuuren - 2012-10-23 10:56

    here's the thing, in civilized countries robbers plan to rob. Here robbers break in(weather its a bank or not), kill then - at leisure - plan to rob.

      litha.luzipo - 2012-11-05 12:46

      This happened in Austria. Mna had a gun and a bomb.How did he get in.

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