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How Not To Commit A Bank Robbery



Here are some easy lessons gleaned from the experiences of 
a number of would-be bank robbers. 

Pick The Right Bank: 
You don't want to make the same mistake as the fellow in 
Anaheim, CA, who tried to hold up a bank that was no longer 
in business and had no money. 

Study Your History: 
Don't try to stick up the First National Bank of Northfield, 
Minnesota. Jesse James tried it 111 years ago, and the 
townsfolk took just seven minutes to kill two and capture 
three of his gang. Nobody tried again until 1984, and the 
customers chased the guy down. They're tight with their 
dollar, those Minnesotans. 

Speak To The Right Teller: 
One robber in Upland, CA, presented his note to the teller, 
and her father, who was in the next line, got all bent out 
of shape about it. He wrestled the guy to the ground and sat 
on him until authorities arrived. 

Don't Sign Your Demand Note: 
Demand notes have been written on the back of a subpoena 
issued in the name of a bank robber in Pittsburgh... on an 
envelope bearing the name and address of another in Detroit. 
And in East Hartford, Connecticut, on the back of a with- 
drawal slip giving the robber's signature and account number. 

Don't Advertise: 
A teenage girl in Los Angeles tried to distract attention 
from her face by wearing a see-through blouse with no bra 
while holding up banks. 

Go Easy On The Disguise: 
One robber, dressed up as a woman with very heavy make-up, 
ran face first into a glass door. He was the first criminal 
ever to be positively identified by lip-print. 

Take Right Turns Only: 
Avoid the sad fate of the thieves in Florida who took a 
wrong turn into the Homestead Air Force Base, drove up 
to a military police guardhouse and, thinking it was a 
tollbooth, offered the security men money. 

Be Aware Of The Time: 
Imagine the chagrin of the bank robber in Cheshire, 
Massachusetts, who hit the bank at 4:30 PM, then tried to 
escape through downtown North Adams, where he was trapped 
in rush hour traffic until police arrived. 

Consider Another Line Of Work: 
Bank robbery is not for everyone. One nervous Newport, RI 
robber, while trying to stuff his ill-gotten gains into 
his shirt pocket, shot himself in the head and died 

Be Strong: 
Then there was the case of the hopeful criminal in Swansea, 
Massachusetts, who, when the teller told him she had no 
money, fainted.  He was still unconscious when the police 
arrived. His getaway car parked nearby had the keys locked 

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