Woman Robs Bank Using ... Spaghetti Sauce: Cops

She said jars were a bomb

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bank tellers thought a female robber was armed with a bomb Saturday, but it was actually just spaghetti sauce, police say. The woman, about 60, put a bag on the counter at a Michigan Fifth Third Bank, said it contained a bomb, and demanded money. "It did look like there was a hard object in there,” a Clinton Township police officer says. "But it was folded over so you couldn’t see what was inside." Only after the bomb squad scanned the bag, which the woman left there, were the true contents revealed.

"It turned out that it was a couple of cans of spaghetti sauce inside the bag," the officer says, but "if you don’t know what’s in a package ... you have to treat it like it is possibly an explosive device.” The woman got away, in what the Detroit Free Press calls an "older-style boxy car driven by a man," with an unknown amount of money. Still, says the officer, "we do think we have a pretty good lead on a suspect.”

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