Man allegedly tries to rob bank in San Mateo, settles for free coffee 

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A man who allegedly claimed to have a bomb while attempting to rob a Chase bank branch in San Mateo last week reportedly failed to steal money, but didn't leave empty-handed.

After terrifying the teller during Wednesday's heist, 35-year-old Aaron Brandon Justin helped himself to a cup of complimentary coffee before strolling out of the bank, according to prosecutors.

Justin pleaded no contest to multiple charges Friday in connection with Wednesday's attempted bank heist, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

According to prosecutors, Justin walked into the bank and handed the female teller a note that read, "I have a bomb give me the money."

The teller "panicked and froze," prosecutors said.

She eventually was able to push the alarm, but by then Justin had "helped himself to a cup of coffee and strolled out of the bank," according to prosecutors.

Police responded and located Justin nearby. Witnesses identified him as the would-be robber and he was arrested, Guidotti said.

Justin remains in custody on $50,000 bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Sept. 19.

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