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Woman Tries to Rob a Bank with Cop Standing in Line

Think fast.

What do you do if you're trying to rob a bank with a note and you realize there is a uniformed officer standing in line behind you?

Authorities say a 40-year-old Columbus woman, Lois Harvey tried to eat the note, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

She attempted to swallow the note, trying to eat her words after she noticed an off-duty officer in line.

According to the report, Lois Harvey entered Columbus Chase bank branch wearing sunglasses and handed the teller a note.

Surveillance photos show the woman at the counter, only a few feet from the officer while she tried to rob a bank. When she noticed him, Lois Harvey grabbed the note and hurried out of the bank, officials said.

FBI officials said there was no yelling or screaming as Harvey fled.

Bank employees told investigators that she tried to swallow the note, while she was on her way out of the bank.

Officials later recovered the note after Harvey had spit it out.

Investigators could make out some of the words from the note contained references to a bomb and a threat to kill the teller.

It was clearly a robbery note, officials said.

Lois Harvey was charged with one count of robbery.

In general, robbery involves taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation.

Robbery is a crime of theft and can be classified as larceny by force or by threat of force. The elements of the crime of robbery include the use of force or intimidation and all the elements of the crime of larceny. The penalty for robbery is always more severe than for larceny.

As for Lois Harvey, she was jailed after a judge set bond at more than $250,000.