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    FBI searching for bank robber who claimed she needed money to treat cancer

    This suspect robbed the East Boston Savings Bank on Monday, claiming she needed the money for cancer treatment.
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    This suspect robbed the East Boston Savings Bank on Monday, claiming she needed the money for cancer treatment.

    The FBI is searching for a woman who robbed a South Boston bank Monday afternoon, claiming she needed the money to pay for cancer treatment for herself and her son.

    Police responded to a panic alarm at 12:53 p.m. at East Boston Savings Bank at 430 West Broadway after the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money, Boston police spokeswoman Maisha Miraj said.

    In a statement posted to the Mass. Most Wanted website, the FBI said the woman entered the bank, stated she and her son had cancer, and demanded $5,300. She said she had a bomb and showed the teller an unknown device before fleeing on West Broadway.

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    Investigators described the suspect as a black female, 30 to 45 years old, 5 feet 1 inches tall, with a medium build, wearing a red hat, a white hospital mask, black jacket, blue hospital scrub pants, purple gloves, and black shoes. The FBI said she appeared emotionally unstable and was crying.

    The investigation remains ongoing. The Bank Robbery Task Force is asking anyone with information to contact the FBI.

    Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.