Utah Records 100th Bank Robbery of the Year

Utah Records 100th Bank Robbery of the Year

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- He robbed a bank, and he broke a record. Tuesday's robbery of the Washington Federal Savings Bank in Salt Lake City was the 100th bank robbery of the year.

That's more than the totals for each of the past five years.

Police say the suspect used a black and silver semi-automatic handgun to rob the bank.

He's described as a black Polynesian male around six-feet tall and between 250 to 300 pounds. Police say he escaped on foot into the foothill village.

The F-B-I says most of this year's robberies were in the Salt Lake Valley.

Detectives say there's no reason for why bank robberies are up this year, but note that most robbers use the money for drugs.

They say the good news is the arrest rate for bank robberies in Utah is double than the national average.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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