10 Stunning Facts About the Crazy Bank of America Robbery
by Angela Nazworth | September 6, 2012 3:15 pm
One security guard stood watch as the East Los Angeles Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) branch that was robbed Wednesday reopened Thursday morning.
The bizarre robbery, which involved what was thought to be a bomb, unfolded like a script for a big-budget Hollywood action movie.
Here are 10 facts about the crazy heist:
- The incident began Wednesday morning when two armed men kidnapped the branch manager outside her home.
- The masked kidnappers then strapped what they told her was a bomb to her stomach and demanded that she take them to her bank and give them money.
- The manager did as she was instructed.
- Since the robbers waited in the manager’s car while she collected their ransom, they avoided detection from security cameras.
- The men sped away in the victim’s car with a large sum of money.
- After the men escaped, the bank contacted local authorities who arrived with a bomb squad.
- The bomb squad disabled the device with a robot. Police say it did not appear to be an active bomb.
- As a precaution, nearby business were evacuated for several hours. The branch was closed for the remainder of the day.
- The police do not believe the manager is associated with the crime.
- At this time, the two men are still at large.
(Sources: Los Angeles Times; The Associated Press)
- BAC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BAC
- reopened Thursday morning: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/bank-of-america-reopens-bomb-robbery.html
- Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/robbers-in-bizarre-bank-of-america-heist-on-the-run.html
- The Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BANK_ROBBERY_DEVICE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
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