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'Robin Hood' Bank Bandit Gives Away $100 Bill

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By Kamika Dunlap on May 06, 2010 12:45 PM

A Columbus Ohio man who robbed a bank and gave away a $100 bill to strangers has earned himself a nickname.  

Police are now seeking the "Robin Hood" bandit who allegedly robbed a bank near downtown Columbus and then handed out a $100 bill to passers-by as he ran away, the Associated Press reports.  

Officials said the man showed a teller the gun in his waistband while robbing the bank. The teller handed over the money and the man fled.

While making his escape he saw a mother and daughter window shopping and gave them each a $100 bill and told them it was real, police said.

In general, many states define robbery as theft/larceny of property or money through the offender's use of physical force or fear against a victim. Where a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as "armed" or "aggravated."

Unlike burglary, the crime of robbery almost always requires the presence of a victim who suffers actual injury, or is threatened with harm.

In this case, the "Robin Hood" bandit is still at large.

The mother and daughter were in town from the Cleveland area visiting the State University as a possible school for the daughter, police said.

They took the money to the nearest bank which turned out to be the Huntington branch that was just robbed, and there told police what happened.

The mother said it was important to set a good example for her daughter and returning the money to the bank was the right thing to do.

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