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Woman in Clown Costume Caught in Pa. Bank Heist

(AP Photo, file)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS/AP) The dangerous business of bank robbery took on a bit of a circus atmosphere recently when police in northeastern Pennsylvania arrested a woman they say pulled off a heist in a clown costume.

Bethlehem police said the woman was captured about five minutes after the robbery late Friday morning.

Her name has not been released.

Police said the suspect told bank employees she had a bomb, and fled with an unknown amount of cash.

Arriving officers say they chased her to a nearby park and nabbed her changing out of the clown suit in her car.

A bomb squad robot checked out items found in the car, including the clown suit and a multicolored wig. No explosives were found.

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