CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) - A building in Coral Gables was evacuated after, officials said, a robber targeting a bank left behind a package initially described as a possible explosive device, Friday afternoon.
According to Coral Gables Police, the subject entered the Marquis Bank at 355 Alhambra Circle wearing a Miami Heat cap, hoodie and glasses, at around 3:45 p.m. He was also carrying a suspicious package.
Federal authorities said the robber demanded money from an employee and left with an unspecified sum of cash.
Officials evacuated the entire building after the subject left the device behind.
City of Miami Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene, removed the package and determined it was safe. They did not detonate the device.
Authorities shut down nearby streets while they investigated. They were later reopened.
A spokesperson with Marquis Bank released a statement that reads, “Marquis Bank is cooperating with Coral Gables Police with its investigation of a robbery attempt this afternoon at the bank’s Alhambra branch. The office will open as usual on Monday morning at 9 a.m.”
If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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