Friday, November 28, 2008

Full-size cardboard figure causes bank standoff

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A standoff at a New Jersey bank is over after police learned a "person" seen inside was actually a full-size cardboard figure.

Officers went to the PNC Bank in Montgomery Township on Thursday night after an alarm went off. They saw what they thought was at least one person through the windows of the bank, which had its blinds drawn.

The area was sealed off and three nearby apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Meanwhile, authorities used bullhorns and made telephone calls in a bid to make contact with whoever might be in the bank.

After repeatedly failing to get a response, a SWAT team entered the building and discovered the cardboard figure.

"Cardboard, or human flesh, it doesn't really matter," senior weapons Lieutenant Kent Ketchum told reporters, "whatever it was, it was going down and going down the hard way if it didn't surrender."

Luckily for all involved, once heavily armed SWAT personnel breached the building and allowed a strong gust of wind inside, the figure toppled on its own. Then, after being repeatedly tasered and baton-whipped, it was, for all intents and purposes, rendered hors de combat, allowing the officers to make the arrest without further ado.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

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