Bomb threat used to rob Southern California bank

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Updated: 6/30/2014 4:24 pm

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who falsely claimed he had a bomb inside a shoebox and robbed a Southern California bank.

The man, wearing a plaid shirt and a gray hoodie, entered a Union Bank branch in Norwalk shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday and put the shoebox on a teller's counter. He handed the teller a note demanding money.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller tells City News Service that the note claimed the box held an explosive device and an accomplice outside could detonate it.

Authorities say the man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, leaving the box behind.

A bomb squad later determined the box was harmless.

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