Would-be robber arrives early at banks to find doors locked

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sometimes the early bird doesn’t get the worm.

Police in Iowa are looking for a would-be bank robber who showed up to two West Des Moines branches before they opened on Wednesday.

A security recording shows a man wearing a bandanna over his face trying to enter a Marine Credit Union branch at around 8:15 a.m. — nearly three hours before it opened.

Police Sgt. Tony Giampolo told The Des Moines Register that employees in the parking lot watched the guy yank on the doors before fleeing upon realizing they were locked.

Giampolo says a similarly dressed man tried to enter a nearby First National Bank branch at around 8:45 a.m., but it wasn’t scheduled to open until 9. He says the man fled when he spotted an officer inside who was alerting the staff about the earlier robbery attempt.