Police investigate bank robbery, bomb threat in downtown Stillwater now 'rendered safe'

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Police evacuated and closed off two blocks surrounding a US Bank building in downtown Stillwater after an attempted robbery and a bomb threat were reported Saturday morning.

KARE 11 reports a suspect that robbed the bank at 213 Chestnut Street East is now in custody, but investigators spent most of the day checking the area for explosives.

Apparently the robber told bank employees that he had a bomb, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Chief John Gannaway explained to KARE 11, "He had a note and a device." But he stopped short on any details. "All I'm going to say is that it has been rendered safe."

A St. Paul police bomb technician is evaluating a suspicious package at the scene, according the Pioneer Press. The FBI and several area agencies are on scene.

A guest at the Lowell Inn, which was evacuated around 10 a.m., told the newspaper that hotel employees said an overnight guest at the hotel was responsible for the robbery.

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