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Port Richey police: Bank robber called 911

PORT RICHEY — Nancy Waro dialed 911 Monday morning to report a bank robbery.

Minutes later, she was under arrest — for robbing the bank.

Waro, 52, walked into a Bank Atlantic branch just before 11 a.m. Monday, handed the teller a note demanding money and received $1,900 in cash, according to the Port Richey Police Department.

As the teller reached for the panic button under her desk, Waro pulled out her cell phone and called the police, prompting an officer patrolling the area and Chief Dave Brown to descend on the bank at 8522 U.S. 19 within seconds, Brown said.

Even before the officers walked through the door, Waro had her hands in the air. "I robbed the bank," she mumbled, according to Brown.

"It was one of the quickest bank robberies I'd ever worked," Brown said.

Police are still investigating why Waro dialed 911. Brown said there may be "more issues" involved in the case, but declined to comment further.

Nobody in the bank was hurt. Police returned the cash to the teller and took Waro, of 7117 Pinewood Drive in New Port Richey, off to Land O'Lakes jail. She was charged with robbery, and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Port Richey police: Bank robber called 911 06/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:07pm]
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