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Man tries to kidnap CU employee during heist
ALBANY, Ore. (2/4/08)--Police officers arrested a man toting a .45 caliber hand gun and duct tape, who they say intended to kidnap a credit union employee during an attempted robbery of Linn-Co FCU. An alarm thwarted his plans at the $56.9 million asset, Lebanon, Ore.-based credit union, and Lawrence Beckner, 30, was nabbed by authorities (Associated Press Newswires Jan. 31). Beckner allegedly grabbed a credit union employee as she opened the Albany branch office Thursday morning and forced her inside the building, activating the alarm, police said. When police confronted Beckner minutes later, he relinquished an unloaded gun and a three-inch knife, and surrendered. He had cased the credit union for several days, and planned to abduct the employee, bind her with duct tape and use her car as a getaway vehicle, police said. Beckner was booked on multiple counts, including kidnapping and robbery, authorities said.


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