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FBI: Waldo UMB Bank robbery suspect gets away with cash, threatened teller with explosive device

Device later deemed safe
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Posted at 1:17 PM, Feb 22, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department and FBI are investigating a bank robbery in the Waldo neighborhood Thursday.

Dispatchers with KCPD told KSHB 41 News that officers responded to the UMB Bank at 85th Street and Wornall Road just before 11:30 a.m. on an armed robbery.

An FBI spokesperson says the suspect made a verbal threat of an explosive device and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene with an unknown amount of money.

Investigators discovered a suspicious package at the scene. The item was later deemed safe.

The suspect is described as a Black male with a thin build, wearing a blue hooded-sweatshirt and a mask at the time of the robbery.

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A police car blocks northbound Wornall Road just south of 85th Street as part of an investigation of a bank robbery on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.

A KSHB 41 News photographer reported crime scene tape surrounded the bank as of 1 p.m. Officials closed at least one road in the vicinity of the bank.

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