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Bank robber runs by during live TV report about bank robbery [VIDEO]

This is the face Adam Sallet made when he realized he was looking at the bank robber.

This is the face Adam Sallet made when he realized he was looking at the bank robber.

The criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. At least that's how it happens on television.

The old cliche came true on yet another TV show this week. But this time there's a plot twist: The television show was a morning news program, and the whole thing was real.

Adam Sallet, a reporter for Iowa TV station KIMT 3, was doing a live stand-up report from Rochester, Minnesota where a bank robber had hit the Sterling State Bank the previous day. Just as Sallet started talking into the camera, a bank employee came running up behind him, pointing at something off-screen. Or someone: The robber, he told Sallet, who exhibited a stunning level of calm as he delivered the news to viewers.

"Oh," Sallet said. "That's the robber." 

Sallet followed this delivery with one of the most pregnant "Uhhhhs" of all time, and then decided to call it a wrap, putting down the microphone to do his duty as a citizen.

"I gotta' go here, and call 911," Sallet said. "I'll talk to you later." 

Cut to: In-studio anchor who totally did not expect that to happen, and is going to need just a second to get his bearings. 

The suspect, described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, was caught by police at gunpoint later that day, according to the Rochester Post-Bulletin. On Monday, the robber walked into the empty bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash and indicating that he was armed. On Tuesday, he apparently had the exact same idea, and planned to carry it out at the same place. But he didn't plan on Adam Sallet and his cameraman! 

Cops followed the robber using a trail of footprints in the snow, which led them to a nearby hotel parking lot. Later, they pulled over a vehicle that matched the one he'd used to escape, and apprehended the suspect without further incident. 

If they give out an Emmy Award for being in the right place at the right time, Adam Sallet just won by unanimous vote.