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Suspects sought after Hollywood-style bank heist

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 23:49

Los Angeles: Two masked gunmen got away after a bizarre US bank heist in which they strapped what they said was a bomb to the bank manager`s midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money."

The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the Bank of America branch when it opened yesterday morning, but no one was injured. No arrests had been made as of early today.

A Los Angeles County sheriff`s bomb squad used a robot to disable the device, but investigators said it wasn`t an explosive.

The bank manager was snatched in front of her home yesterday morning, said sheriff`s Capt. Mike Parker. She arrived at the bank wearing a device the men, armed with handguns and wearing ski masks, had strapped to her stomach.

"She was told that it was explosives and she was ordered to go into the bank and take out all the money," Parker said. "She did do that in fear for her life."

The woman ordered her fellow employees to remove the cash, and it was thrown to the men who were waiting outside, authorities said. Parker would only say there was "a decent amount" of money at the bank and the manager did enter the safe.

Parker said the woman remained inside the bank until a bomb squad arrived and removed the device from her body.

Nearby businesses were evacuated for a few hours as a precaution as the device was disabled.

Authorities haven`t said how the bank manager was targeted. Investigators are trying to determine if there were any video surveillance cameras that captured the incident.


First Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 23:49

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