Device detonated at bank near Anthem following robbery

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ANTHEM, Ariz. – A bomb scare took place outside a bank near Anthem Friday night.

Workers at a Bank of America witnessed a robbery and a bomb scare just before closing at the location on Daisy Mountain and Gavilan Parkway.

Police say a white male walked into the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. That suspect also told the teller there was a bomb outside.

Workers immediately called 911 and Maricopa County deputies found a small device left on the front door of the bank when they arrived at the scene.

The bomb squad detonated that device, just in case.

MCSO Deputy Jeff Sprong explains, “He gave a note to one of the tellers. The note said to the effect of ‘Give me all your money. I have an explosive device.’ The teller immediately gave the subject the money. When the subject was leaving the bank he left what appeared to be an explosive device on the door to the bank.”

Many residents went to the shopping center across the street from the bank to watch the detonation.

Authorities say they are still not sure what that device was.

The suspect remains at large. He is described as a white male in his 30s wearing dark clothes at the time of the robbery.

UPDATE:  09/25 09:37 A.M.

The surveillance photo above was released by MCSO.