Most bank robberies, around 80%, are spontaneous, i.e. a guy is deperate, has a gun in his car, thinks “what the fuck” and goes for it.
Apparently the thought of robbing a bank bubbled up while this guy was sitting drinking his coffee. This is how not to do the job:
Police: Coldwell decided on robbery while drinking coffee
By DALE VINCENT
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
Monday, Jul. 9, 2007
Manchester: The man accused of robbing a Citizens Bank branch Saturday, with tree branches duct-taped to his upper body as a disguise, was arraigned this morning in Manchester District Court on a felony charge of robbery.
James Coldwell, 49, of 50 Lowell St., could enter no plea to the felony in district court, so a probable cause hearing was set for July 19. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/corporate surety, with conditions including no use of alcohol.
Coldwell, who was dressed in a simple orange jail outfit, did not speak in court, but the affidavit filed in support of his arrest shows he told police that he was drinking a cup of coffee about 7 a.m. Saturday at Lake Massabesic when he decided to rob a bank.
Before leaving the lake, he taped the tree branches to his body and then drove to the bank, at 1550 Elm St., and parked in the lot. He entered the bank and handed a teller a black plastic garbage bag, telling her to fill it.
But when he got outside, he said, he heard a pop and saw red smoke coming from a dye pack in the bag. So he dropped the loot and, after removing his disguise and and putting the branches in his car, drove away empty-handed.
Police released bank security tape photos and someone who recognized Coldwell, despite his leafy disguise, tipped police to his identity, leading to his arrest Saturday night at his apartment.