Thursday, May 19, 2011

In These Bank Robberies, Crime Doesn't Pay

In this post, I can't help but point out the great job that one of our local law enforcement agencies did on nabbing a group of bank robbers only a short time after the daylight robbery. From the story over at the Killeen Daily Herald:

Three black males wearing black were reported to have entered the United Central Bank at 404 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. at 9:10 a.m. demanding money. One man was armed.

The three men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police responded to the bank's alarm and during the investigation, information led them to a home in the 1400 block of Redondo Drive, according to a police spokesperson.

I'd say that to have a bank robbery that happened at 9AM solved by noon is pretty quick work. And speaking of quick work on Killeen bank robberies, two women who tried to rob a Killeen bank last year were sentenced. From the story at KXXV.com:

20-year-old Jalyssa Shalaine Bradly and 24-year-old Amber Denise Waters robbed the 1st National Bank of Texas back in December of 2010.

Waters was sentence to 32 months for bank robbery and 84 months for using a firearm in commission of felony.

Jaylessa Bradley got a lighter 21 months for bank robbery and 84 months for using a commission of a firearm.

If I remember the story right on these two, they were caught within minutes of their heist. 116 and 105 months in federal prison for a robbery were you got to hold the loot for less than an hour seems like a pretty poor trade off to me.

While bank robbery used to be pretty unusual here in central Texas at one time, the proliferation of banks has also led to a proliferation of bank robbers. Take a little time to peruse the Texas Bandit Tracker website and you'll see what I mean.

One thing that is really important to making a good bank robbery case is a good working relationship between local law enforcement agencies and your local FBI field office. You may not have many bank robberies in your neck of the woods, but you should make sure that your agency's folks and the local FBI folks are on a first name basis prior to one of these robberies occurring.

If a bank robbery happens in your local jurisdiction, do you know the FBI agent you'll likely be working with? If not why don't you give him or her a call and offer to buy him a cup of coffee sometime?

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