26 March 2010

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (263)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of CNN (from Wednesday, March 24; link good at time of posting):
Authorities said a bank employee received a phone call from a person demanding that $100,000 in large bills be gathered, or there would be a "blood bath" if the orders were not carried out.


According to [Det. Lt. Michael] Gagner, the accomplice handed a teller a note demanding money at the exact same time the bank employee was talking on the phone to the police.

"The guy is literally giving us a blow-by-blow, saying the robbery is going down," Gagner said.

After passing the note and collecting about $900, the suspect politely asked to be let out of the bank, Gagner said. By this time, patrol cars were on the scene.

The suspect left the bank and encountered a police officer who ordered him to stop, Gagner said. The suspect then tried to run to the car where the other suspect was waiting. Both were arrested without incident.

Police identified one suspect as Albert Bailey, 27, of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The other suspect is a juvenile.

The two are charged with first degree robbery and threatening in the first degree. Gagner said Bailey is on probation for another bank hold-up several years ago.


"We were all kind of cracking up with the call ahead aspect of it," Gagner said, "definitely unusual technique."
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