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Police: Man with fake alarm clock bomb robs bank

Police arrested a man Friday night who they say walked into a Pinellas Park bank and told the teller to hand over money because he had a bomb, which ended up just being an alarm clock wrapped with a TV antenna.

An alarm at the Grow Financial bank at 6900 Park Blvd. sounded around 5:20 p.m. Witnesses told Pinellas Park police a man set a bag on the counter saying it had a bomb and demanded money.

The teller gave the man the money and the man ran out of the bank heading east. The bomb squad was called, as well a helicopter and a police dog unit.

Police dog Tank and his handler found the suspect, Carmine J. Macedonio, 22, of New Port Richey a short distance from the bank, authorities said. Tank bit into Macedonio, and he suffered minor injuries from the dog bites, police said.

The bomb squad moved the bag believed to have the bomb to an isolated area nearby. They detonated a charge to disable the bomb, but upon closer inspection they found only the alarm clock.