Bank Robberies Down in 2010; California Leads the List


More than 5,600 U.S. banks were robbed of $42 million last year–400 fewer robberies than in 2009, says an FBI compilation reported by the Christian Science Monitor. About $8 million was recovered. Crooks appear to favor bank branch offices located in a commercial district.

Although the vast majority of bank robberies occur without violence, there were 106 injuries, 90 hostages taken, and 16 deaths. All but three of the fatalities were robbers. California recorded the largest number of bank robberies with 805, followed by Texas (464), Ohio (263), and Florida (243). North Dakota had only two robberies, and Wyoming had three, followed by South Dakota and Vermont, each with four reported bank robberies.

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