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June 21, 2005

Stupid Criminals

Winona, Minnesota Daily News has an interesting story.

See, this guy walked into Fortress Bank, 225 Lafayette St., at 9:52 a.m. and handed the teller a note demanding $1,000 in $100 and $20 bills. The note also said that he would, "kill everyone in the bank if he had to come back with weapon in hand".

The teller gave him the money and he left, but some bank employees watched, and saw him go to Midtown Foods, a nearby grocery store. So they kept an eye on the Midtown Foods entrance until police arrived.

Police searched grocery store but couldn't find the suspect. Then at 10:14 a.m., Officer Chris Stark found a man matching the description of the robber behind Third Street Liquor. He was drinking beer from a case he'd just purchased from the liquor store and was scratching off the $100 worth of lottery tickets he'd purchased from Midtown Foods.

The police weren't all that worried about finding him, though. Y'see when the robber wrote his note, he didn't notice what it said at the very top, what the teller read, then told the police...

...it said, "Hi, I am Thomas Mason."

And sure enough, he was...Thomas Eugene Mason, 37, of 252 W. Seventh St.

"He's not a career bank robber," said Sgt. Chris Nelson. "He certainly makes the list of dumbest criminals."

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 21, 2005 11:00 AM

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