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Bank robber in clown costume held by US police

A man robbed a bank wearing a woman's blond wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown trousers, US authorities said.

Pennsylvania police said 48-year-old Dennis Hawkins was sitting in a parked car covered in red dye from an exploding packet in a bag of money when he was arrested on Saturday.

Police Chief Greg Geppert said Hawkins robbed the bank at gunpoint, using a toy BB gun he shoplifted from a store.

Mr Geppert said Hawkins then entered a woman's car. She got out, took her keys and alerted police. Hawkins was found sitting in the car.

He was being held on 230,000 US dollars bail.