Woman lights flammable liquid on fire during bank robbery

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale police are looking for a woman who lit a flammable liquid on fire during an attempted bank robbery Monday morning.

Police were called to the Wells Fargo inside the Albertsons at Scottsdale and Thomas roads at approximately 10 a.m.

Officer David Pubins said a woman walked into the bank branch and threatened to ignite some flammable liquid if she didn't get money.

"She did have some flammable liquid inside of a small cup that she poured on the counter," Pubins said. "She then proceeded to light that on fire."
The fire quickly extinguished itself.

Pubins said the suspect did not obtain any cash and left the bank. She got into a silver four-door sedan and was last seen heading westbound through the parking lot.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female, in her 30s or 40s, 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium to heavy build. She was wearing a University of Arizona baseball cap and a light blue men's-style long-sleeved button-down shirt

Police do not know what the liquid was but said it was contained to the counter area and no one was injured.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from inside the store.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Scottsdale Police Department.