A man was arrested and accused of using a bomb to rob a bank, but he pleaded with the police to pardon him as his weapon of choice was actually just a vibrator wrapped in duct tape.
The 35-year-old Pennsylvania man, Aaron Stein, reportedly robbed a bank by threatening the staff members that he was carrying an explosive device.
Crafton Police Chief Mark Sumpter said: “He stated he had a bomb, showed the teller wires hanging out from his shirt and demanded cash.”
But he was not as lucky because the teller called 911 shortly after handing over the undisclosed amount of cash to the man.
The man was arrested after Robinson Township Officer Mike Gastgeb spotted his white Toyota sedan along the road.
Gastgeb said: “I noticed a white Toyota Corolla with a male in it, sitting in this parking lot over here. I went over to confront him, he drove away, I stopped him.”
NBC News reported that another officer on the scene found money in a garbage bag inside Stein’s car, beneath the front passenger seat with the “bomb” made out of “a box, black tape, vibrator and cellphone.
Police say Stein confessed to the robbery and claimed he never had a real bomb.
Nevertheless, a bomb squad was called to the scene and robots removed items from the car. A briefcase was found in the trunk but no explosives were found, according to CBS News.
Stein also told officers “that he lost all of his money in the stock market last week and that he was desperate.”
The suspect was charged on nine felony counts including aggravated assault, robbery, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He was also charged with possessing a facsimile weapon of mass destruction because he allegedly pretended a sex toy was a bomb.
A preliminary hearing of the case took place on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Allegheny County Magisterial District Court.