Bank robbery prosecutions increasingly falling to state, not FBI

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The FBI is reducing its role in investigating bank robberies in Vermont and other states.

The federal agency believes it’s more important to fighting terrorism or other crimes.

That’s leaving more of the work investigating bank heists to the Vermont State Police, who say they’re already stretched thin with their own work and providing routine police coverage to 80 percent of Vermont towns.

An FBI spokesman in Washington says individual field offices make the decisions on what resources to devote to which crimes.

Vermont U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson says the agency will step in if the situation warrants it.

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