Friday, September 17, 2010

Bank robber arrested after being convinced to take a loan

A bungling bank robber has been arrested after agreeing to sit down and arrange a loan with the branch, despite threatening to blow it up moments earlier.

Fifty-nine-year-old Mark Smith allegedly told bank workers in Watsonville, California, that he had a bomb in his backpack and that he would detonate it inside the building unless he was given $2,000. Smith was instead convinced by the bank manager to take a loan from the branch to solve his cash flow problems.

While Smith waited patiently for the her to retrieve loan paperwork, the manager simply called emergency services. 'Quick-thinking staff kept the man calm and distracted him with some paperwork until we arrived' Ly. Darren Thompson said.

Police arrested Smith on suspicion of attempted robbery, as well as charges of making a false bomb report. Smith was not carrying weapons of any kind, Thompson added.

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