Police: Man with plunger tries to rob NY bank

Suspect was arrested after a foot chase


Associated Press

UTICA, N.Y. — Police say a 49-year-old man tried to rob a central New York bank armed with a toilet plunger.

Utica police tell local media outlets that Lawrence Deptola went into city bank Thursday afternoon and threatened a teller with the plunger.

Police responded after two other banks had previously called authorities about a suspicious man entering their buildings.

Deptola was arrested after a foot chase and charged with attempted third-degree robbery.

It could not be determined Friday morning if Deptola had a lawyer.

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