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Public helps police catch would-be bank robber

Public helps police catch would-be bank robber

CREATED Feb. 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 26, 2013

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tucson Police arrested a man who tried to rob a bank last week, but left after the teller yelled out that the bank was being robbed.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD tells KGUN9 that 28-year-old Jeffrey Boggs was arrested Monday night at his home after a citizen recognized him from the news.

Police say Boggs entered the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 1260 W. Prince Rd. about 10 a.m. on February 20, and handed a teller a note demanding money and threatening harm.

But the teller was behind a bulletproof window and announced out loud to other employees that the bank was being robbed.

Witnesses say Boggs immediately fled the scene without receiving any money.

Widmer says police thank the community and local media for spreading the word, and allowing someone to call in a tip about his identity.

Boggs was booked into the Pima County Jail for one count of attempted armed robbery.