A robber walked into a Chicago bank and handed the teller a threatening note - misspelled - demanding cash and walked off with $400. But he left behind the note, written on his pay stub containing his name and home address, where police arrested him.
We're going to be reading more stories like that because in a recession bank robberies and property crimes in general go up. New York City had five bank robberies on Monday; one robber was arrested as he ran for the subway.
The recession also seems to be attracting inept amateurs to the field of crime. In the Washington, D.C., area, where property crimes are rising while violent crimes are falling, Roberto Hylton, acting police chief of suburban Prince George's County, told The Washington Post that he suspects the recession is pushing otherwise lawful people to the brink.
"He cited the example of a 'novice' criminal who took a taxi to and from a robbery, leaving a trail of witnesses," the Post wrote.
" 'These are first-time criminals,' Hylton said. '... They just don't know how to commit a crime.' "
Let's hope the recession doesn't last long enough for them to learn.