updated 3/17/2008 5:31:23 AM ET 2008-03-17T09:31:23

A Pennsylvania man is accused of attempted bank robbery — and if poor planning were a crime, he might be charged with that, too.

Police say a man arrived at the Citizens and Northern Bank in the borough of Liberty on Thursday and waited in his car for about 20 minutes. Shortly after noon, he tried to enter the bank 100 miles west of Scranton wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle. But the bank's Liberty branch closes at noon on Thursdays, foiling his plans.

The man fled the scene, but bank employees took note of his license plate number. A 28-year-old suspect is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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