Man Tries, Fails to Rob 3 Banks with Toilet Plunger

Cops said he threatened bank tellers with his weapon

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    A Utica, N.Y., man allegedly tried to rob three banks with a toilet plunger.

    A man allegedly tried to rob an upstate New York bank armed only with a toilet plunger Monday — and when that predictably failed, he tried another two banks, police told NBC's Utica affiliate WKTV.

    The 49-year-old, Lawrence Deptola, was caught at about 1:30 p.m. after trying to rob the three Utica, N.Y., banks.

    According to employees of the Key Bank he tried to rob, he came in swearing and demanding money be put in a bag and given to him. Cops added that he threatened the tellers with the plunger.

    That bank and two others had all called the police reporting his attempts, WKTV reported.

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    Deptola was caught after running from police and was charged with attempted robbery. His trusty plunger was found inside the Citizen's Bank he apparently tried to rob.