Monday, June 6, 2011

Beer and Bank robbery don’t mix

Dude – The celebratory beer is for AFTER you get away.

Beer-toting man reportedly robs bank, is caught after dye pack explodes

SPRINGFIELD — A man suspected of robbing a KeyBank branch here was caught a few hundred yards away after a dye pack exploded and covered him in red dye.

And he drank a beer throughout the entire chase.

The robbery occurred at the branch at 402 S. Burnett Road about 11:15 a.m. Friday. The man dropped the bag — which was filled with a fake stack of bills — near Burnett and Lexington.

People followed the suspect, who was running northbound on Burnett Road near Springfield Regional Medical Center, emergency radio traffic indicated. He was caught near Burnett and High Street near the hospital.

Springfield Police took the man back to the bank to allow him to be identified by witnesses.

Amanda Young, of Springfield, was traveling southbound on Burnett Road when she saw the man running down the street and thought he was just tucking in his shirt.

“And he just kept walking and drinking beer like he was on a nice Sunday stroll,” she said.

Police have not released the identity of the man arrested.

“We’re in the process of investigating, and charges are going to be pending,” said Lt. Noel Lopez.

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