Bank Robber Outsmarted by Bank Employee

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So how does a bank robber get locked up before pulling the heist? Just ask Mark King. Police say he pulled a gun on a bank employee arriving early to work at a bank near Los Angeles. He demanded she open the safe. She replied that she needed help from an employee who hadn't arrived yet. So King told her to wait outside and "act normal." Once she got outside, she did act normal: she locked the bandit in the bank.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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So how does a bank robber get locked up before pulling the heist? Just ask Mark King. Police say he pulled a gun on a bank employee arriving early to work at a bank near L.A. and demanded she open the safe. She replied that she needed help from an employee who hadn't arrived yet. So King told her to wait outside and act normal. And once she gets outside, she does act normal: she locks the bandit in the bank. Four hours later, King surrendered.

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