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Bank robbery’s real, but neck ‘bomb’ isn’t

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LATHROP, Mo. (AP) — A woman robbed a bank Thursday by saying she was "wired" around her neck in an apparent copycat version of a robbery last month that left a pizza delivery man dead.

Police arrested a 49-year-old woman and said she did not have a bomb. "It looks as though the whole thing was a hoax," FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said.

The heist bore similarities to an Aug. 28 bank robbery in Erie, Pa., that continues to puzzle authorities. Brian Douglas Wells was captured with a bomb locked around his neck and told police he had been forced to rob the bank. He was killed when the bomb exploded minutes later.