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FBI prepares for increase in bank robberies

FBI prepares for increase in bank robberies

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The FBI is preparing for a potential spike in bank robberies as Christmas approaches.

FBI Special Agent Juan Becerra says that as the economy continues to worsen, some people might become more desperate and target banks.

Nationally, the FBI says bank robberies are up slightly, although that's not the case in Utah.

However, Becerra says that if the economy doesn't improve, that could change.

Bank robbery carries a potential 20-year federal prison sentence, and an extra five years if a weapon is used.

Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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