Dumb criminal of the week
September 15, 2010
We love this story out of Watsonville about the guy who threatened to get more bang for his buck out of a local bank. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
Mark Smith, 59, was arrested last week, after walking into a Watsonville bank, announcing that he had a bomb in his backpack, and demanding $2,000 so he could pay his friend’s rent.
The bank manager suggested that what Smith actually needed to do was take out a loan, and she had him sit down while she said she was going to retrieve the loan paperwork. Instead, she called 911, according to Assistant District Attorney Dave Genochio.
“Quick-thinking staff kept the man calm and distracted him with some paperwork until we arrived,” Lt. Darren Thompson said.
Police arrested Smith, a Watsonville resident, on suspicion of attempted robbery, making criminal threats and making a false bomb report
Smith did not have a bomb or any other weapons and no injuries were reported.