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) — A woman is accused of using 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.

bank robbery suspect pointing
A Sept. 19, 2019 surveillance image shows a woman in all black robbing the Mercantile Bank near Paw Paw. (Paw Paw Police Department)

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

Suspect Laura Yoder was soon arrested for the robbery.

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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