A man accused in an attempted bank robbery and bomb scare that shut down a south Topeka WalMart faces federal charges.
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a complaint Friday against 44-year old Gregory Crosby of Kansas City, Missouri for attempted bank robbery.
Authorities say, just after 5 pm Thursday, Crosby drove up to the drive-thru at the Capital Federal Bank branch at 29th and South Kansas Avenue. He demanded money, the teller refused and he drove off in what police identified as a stolen car.
About an hour later, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted the car in the parking lot of the WalMart on SW 37th St., off South Topeka Boulevard. As authorities were taking Crosby into custody, they say he told them he had an explosive in his car.
WalMart went on lockdown. and customers weren't allowed to their vehicles while the Topeka Police bomb squad investigated. They say nothing harmful was found.
WalMart and its parking lot went back to normal access after 11 pm.
Crosby faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 if convicted.