White-bearded 'Merry Christmas' bank robber throws cash at passers-by

A man with a white beard tried to bring festive cheer when he robbed a bank in Colorado and threw fistfuls of cash into the street while yelling "Merry Christmas", witnesses said.

"Detectives from the Colorado Springs Police Department Robbery Unit responded and assisted with the investigation". "It was nearly like he wanted [an arrest] to happen".

Though police could not be reached for any comment on the incident, a TV station in Colorado, KKTV, reports an eyewitness', Dion Pascale, account of how the 65-year-old was tossing the money all over the place.

Meanwhile, Oliver strolled into a nearby Starbucks coffee shop, where he "sat down and waited for the cops" to come and arrest him, Pascale added.

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

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Oliver was taken into custody at the coffee shop.

Several passers-by in Colorado, USA, were left stunned by a robber's rare gesture after he threw unknown amount of cash money at them.

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