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Lack of bag foils bank robber

May 10, 2011 at 1:59 PM   |   Comments

OKEECHOBEE, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said a would-be bank robber failed in his attempt because he did not bring his own money bag to the heist.

The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said Joseph Price, 61, handed a note to a teller at the PNC Bank in Okeechobee shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday demanding a sack full of cash, TCPalm.com reported Tuesday.

However, Price left empty-handed after the teller told him she did not have a bag, investigators said.

The sheriff's office said Price left the scene on a bicycle and was apprehended within 7 minutes.

"This man was apprehended very quickly," Sheriff Paul May said. "A good description was given by bank personnel, [the lieutenant] was in the right place and the suspect is in jail, which is the right place for him."

Price was taken to the Okeechobee County Jail on a charge of attempted bank robbery. He was ordered held without bail.

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