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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:53 AM

Police: Man attempted to rob Utica bank with toilet plunger

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A Utica man armed with a toilet plunger attempted to rob a Utica bank Thursday, city police said.

Police at about at 1:30 p.m. responded to Key Bank on Genesee Street in an unmarked car after two other banks previously called authorities about the suspicious man entering those facilities.

When the suspect approached the unmarked police car, he recognized they were police, reached for his waist band and then ran, police said.

The officers chased him around the Bank of America ATM, but briefly lost sight of him. He was found shortly after and taken into custody.

Arrested was Lawrence Deptola, 49, of Cottage Place, who was charged with attempted third-degree robbery, police said.

http://www.uticaod.com/features/x1726852323/Police-Man-attempted-to-rob-Utica-banks-with-toilet-plunger

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Reply Police: Man attempted to rob Utica bank with toilet plunger (Original post)
flamingdem Apr 2012 OP
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #1
flamingdem Apr 2012 #2
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2012 #23
NBachers Apr 2012 #24
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #3
flamingdem Apr 2012 #4
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #6
flamingdem Apr 2012 #11
flamingdem Apr 2012 #12
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #13
hifiguy Apr 2012 #29
flamingdem Apr 2012 #30
hifiguy Apr 2012 #32
dimbear Apr 2012 #5
flamingdem Apr 2012 #17
pinboy3niner Apr 2012 #21
lpbk2713 Apr 2012 #7
sakabatou Apr 2012 #8
Kaleva Apr 2012 #9
flamingdem Apr 2012 #19
Jamastiene Apr 2012 #20
steve2470 Apr 2012 #10
flamingdem Apr 2012 #15
Kaleva Apr 2012 #14
flamingdem Apr 2012 #16
Jamastiene Apr 2012 #18
flamingdem Apr 2012 #22
raouldukelives Apr 2012 #25
Javaman Apr 2012 #26
PA Democrat Apr 2012 #27
hifiguy Apr 2012 #28
callous taoboy Apr 2012 #31
smirkymonkey Apr 2012 #34
Hassin Bin Sober Apr 2012 #33

Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:01 AM

1. Only in Utica...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:04 AM

2. I assume you hail from this unusual town?



better than a gun I guess

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:26 AM

23. LOL. No, but I went to college right nearby

And it was the target of jokes long before that. And since they closed Manny's Delicatessen, I have little sympathy for them...

Though I think this story would be humorous anywhere... Love the graphic!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 03:49 AM

24. Commentary by Schultz and Dooley at 11

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:04 AM

3. Hand over all the cash or I'll unclog your toilets?

What was he on when he thought that one up?

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:06 AM

4. It had to be a substance

drink or drug, or maybe he is a psychotic plummer standing his ground?

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:11 AM

6. A wannabe Joe the "Plumber"?

I guess there's a first for everything...and there's no accounting for some people's taste.

At least the police quickly cracked the case.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:18 AM

11. Took me a minute

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:19 AM

12. PS That is a plummer

not meaning to post nasty pictures on DU

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:20 AM

13. Now THAT'S the REAL crime!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:47 AM

29. He needs one of those t-shirts that "eliminate plumber's butt"

that I've seen advertised on the intertubes.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #29)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:52 PM

30. Found this video "How to fix plumbers butt"



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Response to flamingdem (Reply #30)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:05 PM

32. That's the very one I was thinking of.

Couldn't remember what the brand name was.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:11 AM

5. I'll bet you anything his helper gets off scot free.

No use clogging the system with an accessory.

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Response to dimbear (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:27 AM

17. ?? these

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Response to dimbear (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:30 AM

21. Police believe there may be another accomplice identified only as 'Snake'

The newly-identified accomplice may be hiding in the garage of a local homeowner, police said.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:12 AM

7. I've been wondering whatever happened to Sarah Failin's stooge.





I guess Joe the Dumber just can't seem to make it without the half-governor.


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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:13 AM

8. Weirdest headline for the week?

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:14 AM

9. This wouldn't have happened if only licensed plumbers were allowed to carry a plunger

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:28 AM

19. +1

Would like to be a fly on the wall when Big Dude asks him "so what are you in for?"

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:29 AM

20. Lol

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:15 AM

10. I guess he finally took the plunge, huh ?

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:24 AM

15. He could use the excuse

"My mortgage was underwater!"

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:22 AM

14. We had three young guys attempt to rob a bank using the drive thru.

It was a Saturday and the main lobby was closed and the doors locked so the three walked up to the drive thru window and demanded money from the teller there who was behind thick bullet resistant glass. When the teller refused to give them any money and told them the police had been called, they ran off but were quickly apprehended.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #14)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:25 AM

16. That's extremely hard to live down

in a small town!

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:27 AM

18. Well, the banks do tend to be full of shit.

I guess it makes sense, if you look at it that way.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #18)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:34 AM

22. I'd award you a Duzy

if I had one!

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:11 AM

25. See how they like a little pump & dump for a change. nt

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:13 AM

26. "You mean this isn't a plumbing supply store?!" nt

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:40 AM

27. This thread is comedy gold.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 09:45 AM

28. Darwin Awards nominee for sure.

"Hand over the money or I'll plunge you and everyone in this bank!!"

Clearly not the brightest bulb on the marquee.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 01:00 PM

31. He told the teller- Don't give me any crap.

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Response to callous taoboy (Reply #31)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:31 PM

34. Laughing out loud here at my desk, right next to my boss.





Honestly, this whole thing is so Utica. I grew up nearby and it's probably one of the safest places in the world - as demonstrated by plunger man.

We tend to use random household objects instead of weapons during confrontations. Someone tried to steal our garden hose once and threw a tea cozy over my dad's head and tried to knock him out with some needlepoint throw pillows. He never got away with the hose though. My dad was armed with a whiffle ball bat.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 02:09 PM

33. One could get a nasty infection from one of those things. Throw the book at him!!

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