Those of you who thought that bank robbery is a thing of the past need to reconsider that notion. John Dillinger is dead but his legacy remains. Here are just a few examples from recent days:
- Bank robbery is by no means limited to the young and foolish. Old fools get into the act too. Check this out: A 76-year-old Missouri man has been charged with robbing a bank in Branson, Missouri. The old codger struck early, when the bank opened at 9 a.m. He probably wanted to get it out of the way before the prune juice kicked in. He grabbed $30,000 and drove off in a Ford pickup. A cop heard the description on the radio and remembered seeing such a vehicle in a trailer park with a for sale sign on it. End of crime spree.
- Another senior citizen, a 65-year-old man from San Jose, California, was found guilty of sticking up a bank in Modesto, California. He carried a gun and wore an elaborate disguise that included a hockey helmet, face mask, long black coat and gloves. He rode off on a bicycle with almost $3,000 that didn’t belong to him and switched to a van he had parked earlier. A cop saw him still wearing the helmet and scored an arrest.
- A father and son team from Buffalo, New York, allegedly turned bank robbery into a family affair. The son is charged with hitting a bank in Tonawanda, New York, while carrying a gun and wearing a respirator mask. Dad was waiting in the car. While fleeing the bank, Dad’s vehicle collided with a police car. He and his son were caught after a short foot chase.
- Authorities in San Diego, California, are still looking for a guy they call the Duck Hunter Bandit. He is accused of trying to rob a Citibank branch while wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt with white athletic sleeves under the shirt, dark sunglasses, and a fur winter hunting hat with ear flaps. He handed a demand note to a teller who refused to comply. The Duck Hunter fled empty handed.
- Finally, there is the Kansas City man who apparently didn’t care much if his attire attracted attention or not. He wore an orange construction-type vest when he entered Commerce Bank. He specifically asked for 100s, 50s and 20s. He got what he wanted and left the bank. He was seen driving off in a work van with the name of a concrete company painted on the side. He apparently was on his lunch break.