Man with plunger tries to rob New York bank, police say

Published April 13, 2012


Police said a 49-year-old man tried to rob a central New York bank armed with a toilet plunger.

Authorities in Utica, N.Y., told local media outlets that Lawrence Deptola went into city bank Thursday afternoon and threatened a teller with the plunger.

Police responded after two other banks had previously called authorities about a suspicious man entering their buildings.

Deptola was arrested after a foot chase and charged with attempted third-degree robbery.

It could not be determined Friday morning if Deptola had a lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.