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$16K still missing from GR bank holdup

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:08 AM

The couple were arrested Wednesday after leading police in several West Michigan communities on a chase in which handfuls of cash were thrown from the passenger window of the rental truck.

Tammy Jo Jones told investigators she had no money and that’s why she “tried to rob a bank,” according to the complaint.

Authorities said a man entered the Comerica branch Wednesday morning and at gunpoint told tellers to fill a bag with money. He then locked several bank employees into a vault and fled. The man got on a bike that was left outside the bank and rode it to the waiting rental truck.

Police soon spotted the truck and gave chase at speeds of up to 50 mph.

“At one point, the driver swerved at a Grandville police officer,” FBI Special Agent Sean Burns wrote in the complaint. “The driver also caused an accident with a law enforcement vehicle and a citizen. The driver drove on the wrong side of roads to avoid ‘spike strips’ which police deployed in an attempt to end the chase.”

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