Michigan Heading for Bank Robbery Record

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan is on pace to set a record for bank robberies this year.

The FBI says several serial bandits are responsible and so are first-timers facing unpaid bills and casino losses.

There have been 306 bank robberies in the state so far this year. That's up 15-percent from the 2003 total of 265, and more than one a day.

The Michigan record is 356 robberies, set in 1996. That compares with 97 for all of 1984.

The FBI says the average thief gets away with less than $2,000, and about 70-percent of bank robberies are solved.

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