TWO thieves reportedly apologised to bank employees during a robbery this week.

The duo broke into the branch in Sardinia, Italy on Friday and made off with a total of 10,000 Euros (£8,300). During the hold-up, the criminals are believed to have told staff that they were "sorry for the inconvenience". They are not believed to have harmed anyone during the incident and made their escape by locking people in a room.

According to the ANSA news agency, the balaclava-clad men also blamed their criminal act on Italy's economic crisis. Police believe that the thieves were carrying a fake weapon, as it did not set off a metal detector at the bank's entrance.–DS