Police were hunting the robber gunman who made his escape by motorcycle from the Kasikorn Bank booth alongside the Kata Beach Resort in Pak Bang Road about 10.10pm.
A drawing of the bandit has been issued (see photo album above) based on a description given to police by teller Janya Siwasutam, 29, who was alone in the booth when the gunman sidled up.
She said he appeared to be a normal customer but was alert enough to notice some details about him and his getaway motorcycle.
The bank branch, popular with tourists and opposite the Kata-Karon municipal offices, had closed at 6pm. The currency booth stays open until 11pm.
Khun Janya said the solidly built man pulled a handgun and pushed a plastic bag under the glass security screen, telling her to fill it. She obeyed and he was on his way speedily.
She noted he spoke with a southern accent and told police he rode off on a white Yamaha Fino fitted with magnesium alloy wheels. He was wearing a multicolored motorcycle helmet and a long-sleeved jacket.
Khun Janya was interviewed at length last night.
It's the first bank job in that part of Phuket since a raider escaped with 1.7 million baht in a raid on an SCB currency kiosk in Karon, the neighboring seaside to Kata, on November 26. Police later arrested the raider and also charged a bank teller.