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Apprehensive bank robber changes his mind mid-heist, tries opens bank account instead: Cops

A would-be bank robber snatched a threatening note from a teller and fled the building—but not before attempting to open a bank account, police in New Jersey said.

Per NJ.com, the unorthodox ordeal unfolded a little after 2 p.m. Friday at Valley National Bank in Bayonne. Police said an unknown man gave a teller a note demanding her to turn over “all the money.” Seconds later, the suspect reportedly took the note back and claimed that he wanted to open a bank account.

A bank employee working in the customer service department reportedly informed the man that he couldn’t open an account without proper identification. Bayonne police Lieutenant Eric Amato said the man went to speak with another employee—meanwhile, the employee in the customer service department was being filled in on the man’s failed heist.

The customer service representative ultimately confronted the suspect and removed him from the bank. Amato said police and bank security were alerted but the man had fled the scene before their arrival.

[Featured Image: Valley National Bank/Google Street View]