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According to an affidavit filed by FBI agent Adrienne Sparrow, a man walked into a bank in downtown San Mateo, Calif., and asked the teller if there was an urgent care medical center in the area. When the teller replied that there was one just down the street, the man handed her a robbery note and he walked out of the bank with $1,330 in cash. The FBI said that 30 minutes later he showed up at another bank and again asked about an urgent care center. When the teller gave him directions, he gave her a robbery note and walked out of that bank with $3,230. When police learned about his apparent interest in urgent care centers, they put area medical centers on the alert. Soon a man fitting the robber’s description showed up at one of them, trying to obtain a narcotics prescription. Police showed up and arrested him, and found he was carrying a bank withdrawal slip, on which was written “Dumb Ass Robbing Bank”. (JW/San Francisco Chronicle) ...Which police accepted as a substitute for picture I.D.
Original Publication Date: 09 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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