Suspect robs bank, leaves behind improvised explosive device

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SCOTTSDALE -- Police evacuated a Fry's grocery store at 60th Street and Thomas Road after a robbery at the Bank of America branch inside the store.

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Police say at about 9:45 a.m., a suspect entered the bank and demanded money.

According to Scottsdale police Officer Dave Pubins, the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and left a brown paper bag behind.

About 50 people were evacuated as police worked to determine the contents of the bag.

At approximately 1 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department Bomb Squad entered the store and deemed the bag to contain an improvised explosive device. The item inside was described as a solid pipe-like object.

There were no injuries and the store was reopened at about 2:15 p.m.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 to 50 years old with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a gray T-shirt.

There were no injuries. The store was re-opened at about 2:15 p.m.