Multiple New Jersey SWAT teams were held off in a tense standoff at a bank this week by a woman approximately five feet tall and made out of cardboard.
Police say they may never know what set off an alarm at a Somerset County bank that led to a mistaken standoff Thursday night.
Montgomery Township Police Sgt. Robert Mitchell says that false alarms are common and can be set off by animals, wayward balloons or extreme weather.
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But he says none of those is apparently to blame for the alarm at a PNC bank branch.
But what happened after the alarm went off around 8:40 p.m. is known. Authorities saw a figure inside the building, which had the blinds drawn. They used bullhorns and telephone calls to try to make contact.
When a SWAT team finally entered more than an hour later, it turned out that the only "person" inside was a cardboard cutout figure.