Bank robbery ends when teller said no cash

Sept. 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Police in South Carolina said they arrested a man who tried to rob a bank but instead thanked the teller and left when she claimed not to have any money.

North Charleston police said Melvin Jesse Blain, 31, who had recently served 46 months in prison for a bank robbery conviction, admitted to entering the Wachovia branch at 1 p.m. and handing the teller a note demanding $30,000 in $100 bills, the Charleston Post and Courier reported Thursday.

The police report said Blain thanked the teller and left the bank when the teller told him she didn't have the money.

Blain was arrested while walking down the street where the bank is located. He was charged with entering a bank with the intent to steal.

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