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A 35-year-old man who attempted to rob a Chase Bank in San Mateo earlier this month but left with only a cup of coffee has pleaded not guilty to burglary charges.
Prosecutors say Aaron Brandon Justin walked into the bank on Sept. 4 and handed the teller a note that read, "I have a bomb give me the money."
The teller panicked and froze, prosecutors said.
When she unfroze, she pushed the alarm button, but Justin had already walked away, helped himself to a cup of coffee, and strolled out of the bank, according to prosecutors.
He was contacted nearby, and arrested after witnesses identified him as the would-be robber, according to prosecutors.
Justin pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of second-degree burglary, and a preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 19.
Justin defendant remains in custody in lieu $50,000 bail.