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Bearded man robs bank, gifts money, then yells 'Merry Christmas'

Mugshot of David Oliver Image copyright Colorado Springs Police

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!'"

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.

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.

Colorado Springs police named the suspect as David Wayne Oliver, 65. He is not believed to have had any little helpers.

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