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It seems that there are stupid criminals where I live. From news that was broken on The Save Ardmore Coalition website:

Today at 1254 hours a male entered the TD Bank, 401 W. Lancaster Ave., in Haverford, produced a demand note for money stating he had a gun. Subject obtained a sum of money from a teller and then fled the bank on foot.

Patrol officers responding to the scene determined that a dye pack with the bank money had exploded on the steps to the Haverford Train Station. A sum of money was located on the steps.

Officers responding to the area stopped a male walking alone on Montgomery Ave near Woodside Rd.

This subject had traces of dye on his arm. Two witnesses from the bank identified this male as the perpetrator of the robbery and he was arrested.

Officers at the Haverford Station located a witness who stated that the male (arrestee) was seen with another subject who got on the east bound train. At the request of police this train was stopped at the Ardmore Station. Subsequent investigation determined that a female on this train had an amount of money in her possession that was stolen during this bank robbery. She was also arrested.


So let me see if I understand their grand plan. One of them was to use a train, and a SEPTA train at that... as a getaway vehicle? That's some serious faith in SEPTA, let me tell you! They can't even get me to work on time, so I have NO idea what would have possessed this suspect to think SEPTA could get her away from a crime scene in a speedy manner.

Just give folks an idea of how short the flight path was, here's a little map that I whipped up in Google Maps:



Yes, the woman on the train made it a whole block further than the guy.

Terms like "felony stupidity" sure come to mind right now.

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Date: 2009-05-15 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neillparatzo.livejournal.com
If every bank robber made an effort to reduce their carbon footprint like this, the world would be a better place!

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Date: 2009-05-15 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sagejackal.livejournal.com
Robbing banks is pretty stupid anymore. They hardly ever have more than $10k at any given branch. I know this because I've witnessed numerous bank brakings at or around that level. You'd actually have better luck robing the ATM outside the bank, as they normally have more money than the bank itself.

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Date: 2009-05-15 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mapdark.livejournal.com
Like sagejackal says , Bank robbing is SUCh a stupid way to steal money to start with.

So it's not really surprising that this woman thought that taking the subway would help her get away.

Especially since I understand that the Septa stops are pretty close to each other. and because there are not a lot of transfer stations where she could have lost the police by changing lines.

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Date: 2009-05-16 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giza.livejournal.com
Actually, the R5 is above ground Regional Rail. There's no tunnel on that route for at least 20 minutes or so.

And since this is in the suburbs, the stations are pretty quiet during the day on weekdays. It's largely commuters that use them during the weekday rush hours.

This is very likely what things looked like at Ardmore train station:

Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/477869893/)

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Date: 2009-05-16 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitt3ns.livejournal.com
We woulda gotten you there on time... SEPTA we didn't.

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Date: 2009-05-16 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thppbt.livejournal.com
Not as stupid as the bank robber who stuck the money and dye pack down his pants.

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Date: 2009-05-17 05:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
That dye is UV fluorescent... and sometimes red.

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Date: 2009-05-17 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hetzakoatl.livejournal.com
LOL! Hehe, maybe someone had stolen their bicycles? :P

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