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Cross-Dressing Bank Robber Claimed To Have Anthrax

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A cross-dressing man claiming to have a briefcase full of anthrax robbed a Monrovia bank on Wednesday. The suspect targeted a Chase bank at 690 W. Huntington Drive at about 10 a.m yesterday, according to the Pasadena Star-News. The robber was seen getting into a Chrysler PT Cruiser getaway car, driven by an accomplice. Police are still looking for him.

Monrovia police Lt. Michael Lee said the suspect demanded that cash be put into his briefcase, which he claimed contained anthrax.

"He indicated the victim should comply with the demands if they wanted to see their family for Christmas," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She added that police believe he was bluffing: "Police do not believe there is a credible threat of anthrax."

The suspect was not wearing your typical bank robber get-up: he was wearing a beige jumpsuit, UGG boots, rectangular glasses, lip gloss and red nail polish.