Bank robber claims to be bailout foe

April 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 (UPI) -- A man who claimed to have a bomb robbed a San Francisco Bank of America branch, telling the manager the money would go to "people who deserve it."

The robber also said that he was part of a group opposed to corporate bailouts, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Police said that the downtown bank branch was hit last week. The manager said that the robber walked in carrying a large briefcase and said he needed a private room because he had to withdraw a lot of money.

Police Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said the man, once he was alone with the manager, said that he had a bomb and would set it off unless he received a large amount of money. The manager took cash from the vault and handed it over.

Tomioka said that bank robbers rarely threaten to use explosives. No one is sure whether the robber actually had a bomb, the Chronicle said.

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