Man Robs Bank Using Sex Toy Disguised As Bomb, Police Say

06/16/2015 04:12 pm ET | Updated Jun 16, 2015

A Pennsylvania man accused of using a bomb to rob a bank Monday afternoon says his weapon of choice was actually just a vibrator wrapped in duct tape.

Aaron Stein, 35, allegedly robbed a PNC Bank in Crafton by telling employees he was carrying an explosive device.

“He stated he had a bomb, showed the teller wires hanging out from his shirt and demanded cash,” Crafton Police Chief Mark Sumpter told

Police said the teller gave Stein an undisclosed amount of cash, but called 911 after he fled.

Stein was arrested after Robinson Township Officer Mike Gastgeb spotted his white Toyota sedan along the road.

“I noticed a white Toyota Corolla with a male in it, sitting in this parking lot over here,” Gastgeb told CBS Pittsburgh. “I went over to confront him, he drove away, I stopped him.”

Another officer on the scene found money in a garbage bag inside Stein's car. Beneath the front passenger seat, officers found the "bomb" Stein is accused of using. Sumpter said it was made out of "a box, black tape, vibrator and cellphone," according to NBC News.

Police say Stein confessed to the robbery and claimed he never had a real bomb. Nevertheless, a bomb squad was called to the scene and robots removed items from the car. A briefcase was found in the trunk but no explosives were found, according to CBS News.

Stein also told officers “that he lost all of his money in the stock market last week and that he was desperate,” reports.

Stein was charged on nine felony counts including aggravated assault, robbery, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction. Because he allegedly pretended a sex toy was a bomb, he is also being charged with possessing a facsimile weapon of mass destruction.

A preliminary hearing will be held June 25 in Allegheny County Magisterial District Court.

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