I promise you that this is the last of the bank robbery stories for awhile; however, my readers have been firing them at me so quickly, and so many of them are so astounding, that I can't pass them by. Since this is a post for a mostly Friday readership, I'll indulge myself one more time. I'll save any more I receive for later posting, after I strain to find some topic of actual use to my readers.
The first story comes from a Washington, D.C. senior trade association official, who noted to me the following truism: "If you are going to rob a bank, don’t post a YouTube video."
Authorities say a woman accused of robbing a bank in eastern Nebraska posted a video on YouTube bragging about the robbery.
York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff said a copy of the video will be turned in as evidence against Hannah Sabata of Stromsburg. The 19-year-old was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a robbery the day before at the Cornerstone Bank branch in Waco. She faces robbery and theft charges.
The video was posted the same day Sabata was arrested. It shows a woman holding handwritten signs that say she robbed a bank and stole a car. The woman then holds a large bundle of cash, what she says is $6,256, in front of the camera. She also holds up what appears to be a bag of marijuana.
The video caption says, "I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I'm rich, I can pay off my college financial aid, and tomorrow I'm going for a shopping spree."
The woman in the video explains herself as a victim of the government -- how authorities took her baby before she could take the baby home, charging the woman with neglect.
Hey, it's not just me that thinks Dave's a stud. The local police chief, a state bank trade association chief, even the local chief of souls, a priest, expressed the opinion that, from now on, if anyone asks where Dave is, we'll tell them that he's out walking on water.
And it's not just a gun in the hand that bucked up Dave's courage (although that's generally sufficient for me).
Thompson said he never worried he’d be hurt in a confrontation with the robber. Not only was Thompson armed, but he’s a black belt. The robber “was frail enough and slow-moving enough that I’d already ascertained I could physically handle him,” he said.
The robber's luck that Dave didn't launch a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face. Especially when Dave realized who the miscreant was.
Police arrived quickly, forced the man to the ground and pulled the mask off his face, Thompson said. The officers opened the man’s wallet, and Thompson saw a debit card for Peoples Bank.
“That’s when I realized he was one of our customers,” Thompson said.
Thompson didn’t recognize the man, but one of his tellers later said she did. Turns out Lee had opened an account with the bank in April, Thompson said.
I guess Lee didn't like the terms of the "overdraft" protection offered by the bank and decided to make an unconventional "out-of-channel" overdraft himself.
You'll note that in none of these, or other recently reported, incidents involving bank robbers was the robber shot. In the case of credit unions, the robbers have not been so lucky. As one reader suggested to me, bankers will now have a new rallying cry: "Guns don't kill people, credit unions kill people. Ban credit unions!"