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Mother waiting outside bank thwarts robbery

Customer mouths 'help' to mom through glass, alerts police

31 December, 16:29
Mother waiting outside bank thwarts robbery (ANSA) - Reggio Emilia, December 31 - A customer locked in a northern Italian bank being held up mouthed the word "help" to his mother waiting outside on the street, alerting her to call police who later arrested the robber, police said Tuesday.

The bank robber had asked the man to put up a sign at the door saying the bank was "Closed for Technical Reasons" while waiting for the automated safe to open. Once by the door, the man mouthed "help" to his mother. The robber was later arrested by police in the town of Bagnolo in Piano, thanks to the mother's call.