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Device strapped to man in bizarre Florida bank robbery

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  • Man says two men kidnapped him; strapped device to him
  • Men allegedly robbed bank, threatening to detonate device
  • Two men fled with the money, leaving the third man at the bank
  • Police looking for two suspects; questioning the man
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(CNN) -- Authorities disabled and blew up a device used Tuesday in a bizarre bank robbery in Hollywood, Florida.

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A man sits outside the Wachovia bank with an unknown device strapped to his body.

The device had been strapped to a man who told police two armed men had abducted him earlier in the day from his house in nearby Dania Beach. He said the men taped the device to him and told him it was a bomb they were activating, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department said.

Witnesses said the men drove to a Wachovia drive-through bank window and, threatening to detonate the device, demanded cash from a teller. The teller gave them "a large amount," said Hollywood spokesman Tony Rode.

The two men fled with the money, leaving the third man at the bank still wearing the device, he said.

Broward County deputies used a robot to remove the device from the man and then detonate it, police said. The man was not injured.

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Police were looking for the two suspects, questioning the man and analyzing the debris to determine whether it was, in fact, a bomb, Rode said.

The story is reminiscent of the 2003 case of Brian Wells, a pizza deliveryman who robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, then died when a bomb affixed to his neck exploded.

In that case, federal authorities concluded Wells was a conspirator in the robbery plot, but his relatives disputed that finding. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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