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False alarm: Panic button alert at bank draws police response

A stuck panic button was cause for brief alarm at River Valley Community Bank in Grass Valley Thursday morning.
Elias Funez/efunez@theunion.com |

A stuck panic button at River Valley Community Bank in Grass Valley brought a brief sense of alarm Thursday morning to customers, employees, and business owners in the area of Owens Plaza shopping center after a strong police presence was witnessed.

At least four members of the Grass Valley police department cautiously gathered in a nearby parking lot before approaching the bank from a blind corner. It didn’t take long before a bank employee came outside to inform the officers that a panic button at the bank had become stuck and that there wasn’t a robbery or emergency in progress.

“It was a stuck panic button, but we treat these as if it could have been a serious matter,” an officer on the scene said after the matter was resolved.



To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez, email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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