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Police: Man used cab as getaway after robbing bank

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[August 26, 2009]  ROSELLE, N.J. (AP) -- Police said a New Jersey man who told a cab driver to stop at a bank so he could take out some money failed to mention that he was going to rob it.

Michael Restaino Jr. was arrested shortly afterward Monday when a police officer stopped the cab he was riding in several blocks from the Roselle Savings Bank. Police say the taxi driver was apparently unaware of what his passenger had done.

Police said they found more than $2,400 in cash and a holdup note in Restaino's pockets. They said he was not armed.

He has been charged with second-degree robbery and was being held in the Union County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Police did not know whether he had retained a lawyer.

[Associated Press]

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