A bank robbery in the United States was recently thwarted after a quick-witted cashier convinced the robber to sit in a seat until the police arrived to arrest him.
according to Sky News, an unusual incident took place at a bank in Florida on Friday, July 7. Robber James Timothy Kelly entered the PNC Bank in Hollywood with a mesh bag and a note demanding money.
It read, “Give me money.”
According to an affidavit detailing the case, Kelly entered the bank and handed the note to a teller, pretending not to see it. Instead, the employee, fearing for her safety and the safety of others, gave Mr. Kelly a withdrawal slip to fill out. Mr Kelly told her, “I didn’t come for that. I came to rob you”.
At this point, the cashier pretended she had a computer malfunction and asked the robber to “sit down.”
“Fearing for her safety and the safety of others around her, the victim bank teller pretended to have computer problems and asked Kelly to sit down,” the affidavit states.
Mr Kelly is said to have complied with the cashier, but his compliance resulted in a botched robbery attempt. according to Sky News, the police were called to the bank while the robber waited. Police entered the bank through a rear entrance and arrested Kelly as he sat in the lobby.
Mr. Kelly was taken to the FBI’s Federal Bureau of Investigation – Miami office, where he confessed to the attempted robbery. He now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the failed robbery attempt.