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Police Say Juvenile Used YouTube and Fake Bomb To Rob Bank

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An unnamed juvenile is in custody after he allegedly used a fake bomb to rob a Pittsburg bank Monday.

The suspect managed to get away with $7,000 when he passed a note to a Mechanics Bank teller that read:

“I need 20 grand. I have a bomb…”

The note went on to demand denominations of $20, $50 and $100 bills and warned against setting off the alarm or using a dye pack.

A juvenile was arrested after he allegedly robbed a Mechanics Bank in Pittsburg, Calif. on Monday, March 23, 2021. He was later located at his home and officers found the fake bomb he used to threaten the teller and the $7,000 he stole. (Photo courtesy of the Pittsburg Police Department)

With his $7,000 score, he left the Railroad Avenue bank on foot. An attempt to track him with a police dog proved unsuccessful, but surveillance footage ultimately led investigators to his nearby home.

There, he was found in possession of the stolen money and a “bomb” later determined to be fake. After his arrest, he enlightened investigators about how he used the internet to hatch his big bank robbery plan.

Investigators said:

“The juvenile suspect admitted during an interview he watched a YouTube video on how to rob a bank.”

The juvenile suspect is now at Contra Costa Juvenile Hall in Martinez.



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