Man Tries To Rob Eden Bank; Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction

10:39 PM, Aug 19, 2010   |    comments
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EDEN, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- Eden Police continue their search for a would-be bank robber who tried to hold up the HSBC on South Main Street, but who instead suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

The man walked into the branch just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Police say he brought along a dust mask to try to conceal his identity; however, he left it around his neck, apparently forgetting to pull the mask over his face.

While handing the teller a demand note, the suspect's cell phone rang. Surveillance video shows the suspect startled by something. He then grabbed the note and ran out of the bank.

Police believe the mystery caller may have been a get-away driver informing the suspect that he forgot to cover his face with the mask. Officers say the driver may have also tipped off the suspect that the Eden police station sits just feet from the bank.

The suspect is described as an African-American man in his 20s with a stalky build and a goatee. He was wearing jeans, sneakers, a white tee shirt and a baseball cap with the word "NAVY" on the front.

Anyone with information is asked to call Eden Police at 992-9211. You can remain anonymous.

For a look at several of the surveillance angles, you can watch Michael Wooten's story in the video player.

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