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Tomato Sauce Bomber Robs Bank

A Mid-Michigan bank was recently robbed by a woman who claimed to have a bomb in her bag or sack. Apparently, the woman left the bag in the bank after claiming it was a bomb. It was later determined that the bag contained two cans of tomato sauce. Bank Robbery is a crime that carries up to life in prison, whether it is perpetrated with or without a weapon. Armed Robbery, another possible charge, also carries up to life in prison. Frequently, perpetrators of robberies at banks, convenience stores, or otherwise, pretend to possess a weapon. If one or more victims relinquishes possession of property that is thereafter taken by the perpetrator, due to a reasonable belief, (based upon the perpetrator's actions, statements, and the physical nature of the object reported to be a weapon), that a weapon is in fact possessed, that is sufficient to convict the thief of Armed Robbery under Michigan law, even though the perpetrator did not truly possess a weapon. The perpetrator of the tomato sauce bomb hoax is still at large.

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