Police are still trying to piece together events after money was stolen in a daring daylight bank raid in a quiet Perthshire village.
A three-figure sum of cash was robbed from the Bank of Scotland in Dunkeld on Tuesday morning.
Witnesses said a man in his early 20s entered the High Street branch before walking to the teller’s desk and demanding money, just after 11.30am.
Officers raced to the branch shortly after the alarm was raised by shocked cashiers, with a number of cars being spotted in convoy heading toward Dunkeld on the northbound carriageway of the A9.
Large-scale thefts are uncommon in Dunkeld, but local councillor Ian Campbell said the incident demonstrates nowhere is immune from crime.
The Highland ward representative urged residents to remain vigilant, and for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
He said: “I used to use this bank myself. It is quite surprising that a place like Dunkeld is the subject of a bank robbery but it highlights that crime is all around us.
“We must not be complacent about property in our homes or the workplace.
“I would urge anybody who saw anything suspicious or unusual to get in contact with the police, even if they think it is inconsequential.
“I am really pleased that no one was injured or hurt in any way.”
The robber has been described as being around 5ft 9in, of stocky build, and was wearing a dark hooded top with a red motif on the front and blue jeans.
No members of the public were hurt in the incident and bank staff – who were left shaken but unharmed – are receiving support from their employers and police.
Officers set up a cordon once they arrived at the scene, and carried out door-to-door inquiries.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said inquires continue.
The High Street branch of the Bank of Scotland was targeted by a raider almost thirty years ago.
A knife-wielding criminal threatened staff at the branch in 1989, which is understood to be the last time a major bank robbery occurred in the rural Perthshire town.