Police allege robbery accused had bomb

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 14:07 29/09/2012

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Police say a man appeared to have a bomb and detonator when he allegedly robbed a Christchurch bank on Monday.

They have a charged 22-year-old unemployed Parklands man Timothy Daniel Whelan with the robbery of the ANZ bank in Woolston while armed with what appeared to be an offensive weapon.

The charge alleges he robbed a woman teller of cash while armed with a bomb and detonator.

Whelan was arrested on Friday. He was contacted by the police after security photographs of the robbery were published in the media.

The security pictures indicate the smiling man made no attempt to conceal his face as he dealt with the teller.

Police opposed bail and defence counsel Alex Millen asked for a remand in custody to next week without plea for Whelan so that a bail application could be made.

Justice of the Peace Bruce Dawson remanded Whelan to Thursday for the bail hearing.

Whelan thanked the JP as he was taken back to the cells.

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