Crime • FBI says purported bomb was a box of pastries.
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The FBI is calling them the "Honey Bun Bandits."
While robbing the Zions Bank located at 1420 S. 300 West on Monday, the two masked gunmen left a package, telling employees and customers it was a bomb.
But the package, which was wrapped in blue Christmas paper with snowmen printed on it, was actually a box of Mrs. Freshley's Honey Buns, the FBI reported Tuesday.
FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson said in a news release there is a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrests and convictions of robbers.
One robber was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and stands approximately 6 feet to 6-foot-2. The other was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and is approximately 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall. The robbers, who both wore ski masks over their faces, were seen leaving the scene in a green compact car, according to Salt Lake City police.
Although no one was injured during the 11:30 a.m. robbery, customers and employees had guns pointed at them, and were threatened and ordered to the ground, the FBI reported.
Both robbers are considered armed and dangerous.
The public is advised not to approach either of these individuals and asked to call in tips to the FBI at 801-579-1400 or the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.