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Phenix City Bank Robber Leaves Fake Bomb Behind

October 31, 2007

The robbery happened at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, at the Wachovia branch on Highway 280. Before the suspect fled, police say he left behind what appeared to be an explosive device.

Phenix City police were called out to the Wachovia Bank on Highway 280, after employees say a white man pulled up to the drive through window in a silver car, and demanded money.

"He presented a device with the threat it was an explosive device, that's when the bomb squad was called in," said Capt. Frank Ivey, from Phenix City Police Dept.

Bank employees were watching as Muscogee County bomb technicians arrived on the scene, and quickly suited up to the check out the situation.

Once a technician assessed the bank, a bomb robot was sent in to dismantle the device, which ended up being a fake.

Investigators say it had no explosive material inside.

"No one was ever in any real danger, even though the precautions were taken, there wasn't any real danger," said Capt. Ivey.

Meanwhile, just down the street, an officer who had heard the suspect's description, stopped a silver car at this laundromat on Crawford Road.

Officers arrested Benjamin Campbell, and inside his car they found materials used to make the fake bomb. They also say they found the stolen money.

Campbell is facing robbery charges right now, but could face more. He's being held at the Russell County jail.

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