A couple of bank robberies this week in the area have us wondering if it's too easy to rob a bank these days.
Take the "older, well dressed man" who robbed a bank yesterday in northwest Houston:
He approached the teller counter and took the teller by surprise when he demanded she fill his blue plastic shopping bag with cash. When the teller hesitated, he aggressively repeated the demand. The teller complied and the robber quietly and calmly exited the bank on foot.
"She thought [the robber] had a gun on him," FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap tells Hair Balls. "But it turns out, after interviewing other witnesses, it looks like it was probably a cellphone."
Hair Balls is certainly not condoning bank robbery by calling it easy, and plenty of robbers still go in armed. All we're saying is, if you have to rob a bank, consider that the pen is just as mighty as the sword.
Here's how the "Billy Goat Bandit" played it:
The male entered the Kroger Store and approached the bank located inside the store. He showed the teller a note, but the teller was unable to read the note because the bank robber's hands covered the wording. Frustrated, the bank robber proclaimed, "I am a robber. Give me the money!" The teller turned over some cash. The robber was last seen walking across the Kroger parking lot.
According to last year's statistics from the FBI, robbers used a note or verbal demand in 1,540 robberies. A gun was used in only 465 cases. And while Dunlap says that arrests are made in 60 percent to 75 percent of robbery cases, the authorities aren't recovering much cash. In 2008, bank robbers stole about $15.4 million, and about $1.7 million was recovered.
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So please bank robbers, take a lesson from the "Grandma Bandit" and leave the guns at home.
During the robbery, she wore a camouflage cap, blue jean shorts, and a purple shirt with purple feathers on front...She got away with cash in both robberies.