PALM SPRINGS – A man professing to be a former bank employee robbed the Wachovia Bank on Forest Hill Boulevard just before lunchtime Tuesday. He walked out with an undisclosed sum of cash and left behind a bag that the teller feared contained a bomb.
Authorities evacuated the bank at 4300 Forest Hill Blvd. and surrounding businesses, but the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s bomb squad eventually determined that he’d left a bag but not a bomb, Palm Springs spokesman Capt. Mark C. Hall reported Tuesday.
The robbery happened at 11:18 a.m. That’s when a white man standing about 5’08” or 5’09” wearing a red hoody-style sweatshirt and khaki shorts handed the teller a note.
The note said, “I have a bomb, dont’ panic, just empty the drawer. I used to work here, so no dye packs, thank you, cooperate and no one gets hurt,” according to police accounts.
He left a bag on the counter, left the bank, took off the sweatshirt and drove off in a small white SUV, Hall said in written advisory. Investigators have collected the shirt as evidence.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact Det. Jan Hansen of the Palm Springs Police Dept at (561) 304-4822 or if you’d like to remain anonymous and be eligible for up to $1,000 REWARD call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS.