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FBI reports 74 CU robberies in second quarter
WASHINGTON (9/15/11)--The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recorded 1,023 federal crimes such as robberies and burglaries in U.S. financial institutions during second quarter 2011, according to FBI's Bank Crime Statistics report. Among them: 1,007 robberies, including 74 reported at credit unions. In addition to the credit unions, 909 commercial banks, four mutual savings banks, and 20 savings and loan associations were robbed during the quarter. Burglaries for the period totaled 15, including two at credit unions. One larceny was reported at a bank. Loot totaling $7.82 million--including $7.8 million in cash--was taken in 91% of the incidents. More than $1.8 million was recovered in 23% of the incidents and returned to the financial institutions robbed, said the report. The crimes occurred most frequently on Friday, and the most frequent time frame was between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Four percent of the incidents involved acts of violence such as discharging firearms, assaults and hostage situations. They resulted in 31 injuries, one death and three persons taken hostage. Fifteen employees and four customers were among those injured. The person killed was a robbery suspect. Those statistics were not broken down by type of financial institution. Demand notes were the most common method of robbery. Most of the incidents occurred in the Southern U.S., which reported 373 incidents. Not all crimes are reported to the FBI. The statistics, recorded as of Aug. 2, involve only financial institution crimes reported to the bureau.


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