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.
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
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