Woman uses bomb threat in bank heist near Paw Paw

Southwest Michigan
Laura Yoder's mug shot.

Laura Yoder’s mug shot.

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Detectives are hoping a surveillance image will lead them to the woman who used a bomb threat to rob a bank near Paw Paw.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mercantile Bank at 900 East Michigan Avenue near Woodman Street, east of M-40 in Paw Paw Township.

Paw Paw police say the woman walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller that said there was a bomb outside and she needed money. The robber got away in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities searched the bank grounds for suspicious packages and found none. No one was injured during the crime.

The suspect is described as a white heavy-set woman who is approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She was last seen wearing black clothing with a black baseball cap that had red lettering. Police say the woman was wearing sunglasses and had a second set of sunglasses on her hat.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact Van Buren Central Dispatch at 269.657.3101 or the Paw Paw Police Department at 269.657.5501.

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