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Man robs bank, throws money on street yelling ‘Merry Christmas!’

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A white-bearded man robbed a bank two days before Christmas then threw the money in the air and enthusiastically wished passers-by a merry Christmas, witnesses have said.

Police said “an older white male” robbed the Academy Bank in Colorado Springs on Monday lunchtime.

“He robbed the bank, came out, threw the money all over the place,” witness Dion Pascale told Colorado’s 11 News. “He started throwing money out of the bag and then said, ‘Merry Christmas!’” Colorado Springs police named the suspect as David Wayne Oliver, 65.

He is not believed to have had any little helpers. Witnesses said the hirsute suspect then wandered over to a nearby Starbucks coffee shop, sat down in front of it, and waited to be arrested.

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In a particularly festive gesture, the passers-by are reported to have scooped up all the money from the street and taken it back inside the bank.

According to police, the robber walked into the Academy Bank on 1 S. Tejon St. just before 12:30 p.m. Monday, claimed to have a weapon in his pocket, and took cash.

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Police have not confirmed what happened next, but according to Pascale, the crook tried to put a holiday spin on his crime.

Pascale said the suspect sauntered down to the Starbucks next door and “sat down and waited for the cops. It was almost like he wanted it to happen [an arrest].”

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Police confirmed they took a suspect into custody for the robbery.

They identified him as 65-year-old David Wayne Oliver.

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