3 Ardsley bank heist suspects handed over to FBI, cops say

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Three people who allegedly robbed a bank in Ardsley on Friday were transferred to FBI custody, the Ardsley Police Department said Saturday.

One of the three unidentified suspects walked into the Wells Fargo branch at 921 Saw Mill River Rd. in Ardsley at 3:07 p.m. on Friday and told a teller he had a bomb. The teller handed the man cash, and he walked out of the bank, then ran south, Lt. Anthony Piccolino said.

As police blanketed the area with patrols, a detective spotted the driver of a charcoal Chevy Impala looking around nervously. When the driver realized he'd been spotted, he took off. The short chase ended when the Impala went off road into a ditch. A woman was arrested at the crash site, one of the men was arrested in Hastings and another man got as far as Yonkers before cops caught up to him.

Police have not released the names or any details about the alleged bank robbers and have not said how much money was taken from the bank. However, Piccolino said detectives recovered all of the stolen money, which was left in the Impala when two of the suspects ran. None of the suspects was armed, and the "bomb" did not exist, police said.

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Phone messages left with the FBI's New York press office were not immediately returned Saturday.

Authorities had not yet made a decision on whether the three suspects would face federal or state charges, Piccolino said. If investigators believe the suspects were involved in additional bank robberies, they'll likely face federal charges.

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