Springfield Police need the public's help identifying three men involved in an armed bank robbery Friday afternoon.
Police say three men entered the United Bank on St. James Ave in Springfield shortly after 12:30pm Friday. Police say the armed robbers waved their guns as they demanded money, pulling the triggers multiple times. No one was injured.
"Rounds were shot inside the bank. Our investigation determined that they were blanks," said Springfield Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney.
The suspects got away with a bag of cash, but later dumped it after red dye packs exploded. Police say all the stolen money has been recovered.
Less than a block from the scene The Mary O. Pottenger Elementary School was put on lock down as a precaution.
"When we found out they didn't go towards the Pottenger School, the school was then allowed to be open. At no time were any students or teachers in any danger at all," said Delaney.
As cops canvassed the area on foot and in squad cars, detectives collected evidence inside and are taking a look at the stick up. The men police say are responsible are still at large.
"We do have surveillance video. Nobody inside the bank was ever hurt although they were pretty scared. At no time right now is any of the public at any danger," said Delaney.
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