Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/30/pay_stub_blagger/

Bank robber leaves pay stub at scene of blag

How not to write a threatening note

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 30th December 2008 14:55 GMT

Criminal mastermind Thomas Infante's bank-robbing days look to be over after he wrote a threatening note on the back of a pay stub and then left it at the scene of the heist - helpfully providing the FBI with his name and home address.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 40-year-old Infante last Friday handed the written demand, scribbled on half of the pay stub, to a teller in a Fifth Third Bank in Chicago. It read: "Be Quick Be Quit. Give your cash or I'll shoot."

Having relieved the bank of around $400, Infante left the note which was subsequently matched to the other half of the stub he'd dropped outside the bank. FBI spokesman Ross Rice admitted: "It's fairly unusual that we see something that specifically stupid." ®