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Bank robber tells clerk mom has cancer

RICHMOND, Ind. – Police say a man who robbed a bank in Richmond told the teller he needed money because his mother was dying of cancer.

Richmond Police Department Capt. Jim Branum told the Palladium-Item ( that a U.S. Bank branch in the city near the border of Indiana and Ohio was robbed about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Branum said the man told the teller he had a gun and that his father was watching from the parking lot to make sure officials didn’t try to stop him. Police said no weapon was seen. Branum didn’t say how much money the suspect received.

Branum said the man fled on foot and that police dogs were unable to find him.

Police said the suspect was wearing a mask, a camouflage jacket and white pants.