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article imageMan attempted to rob 3 banks with toilet plunger

By Yukio Strachan     May 2, 2012 in Crime
A 49-year-old man faces felony charges after attempting to rob three New York banks, armed with a toilet plunger, local police say.
Utica police tell local media outlets that Lawrence Deptola walked into Key Bank on Genesee Street Thursday afternoon, April 12, and threatened a teller with the plunger, according to the Associated Press.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported authorities responded at around 1:30 p.m. after two other banks had called authorities about a suspicious man entering their premises.
According to NBC affiliate WKTV, bank employees said the man came in and began yelling obscenities. Holding them at -- plunge point -- he then asked tellers to put the money in a bag.
Officers in an unmarked car responded to the scene and saw the suspect walking away. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran. Police chased him on foot and caught up with him, taking him into custody. He was then charged with attempted third-degree robbery.
Thankfully, for all involved, WKTV reports that the plunger was recovered inside a Citizens Bank.
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