Bank Robbers Use Bomb Threat To Execute Heist

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 6 2012 10:13 AM

Michael Bay Movie or LA Police Report?

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People walk by a Bank of America branch office on July 18, 2012 in San Anselmo, California

File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

If it were a film scene, it might feel a bit derivative, but a real-life robbery in East Los Angeles is getting some "in other news" attention this morning. 

According to a bank manager, two robbers grabbed her from the garage of her home on Wednesday morning, strapped what they said was a bomb to her chest, and ordered her to drive to her bank and get them money.

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The Los Angeles Times with the story:

"Authorities said the manager complied, taking a bag filled with cash to the back of the bank, where the robbers grabbed it and sped away in a car.
"In an area known for some bizarre bank robberies, what happened at the East L.A. Bank of America branch is quickly taking on a mythology of its own. The robbers avoided being seen on bank video cameras and as of Wednesday evening were still at large with what officials said was a large sum of money."

The bank manager was unharmed. Police later destroyed the device, which did not appear to be an active bomb upon inspection. Several hundred people were evacuated during the incident because of the bomb threat.

Abby Ohlheiser is a Slate contributor.

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