Life Imitates Art: Robbery Edition
Two criminals pass through the darkness of the California night, find their target, a young bank manager, and abduct her. They hold her captive until the next morning, when they strap a bomb to her and drive her to work. She is forced to enter her bank, inform the employees of the bomb and then arrange to have money thrown out the back door, where the criminals are waiting. They collect the cash and speed off before police arrive, disappearing without a trace.
Done correctly, this could make for an interesting screenplay. Only it’s not fiction because this happened earlier today in Los Angeles!
Fortunately, the bank manager is fine and the “bomb” was disabled without incident. No one was hurt and the money was insured, so things ended better than they could have.
Of course, I can’t help but admire the creativity of these two bank robbers a little. They certainly have a flair for the dramatic, and I would not be surprised if the bomb was actually a dud or a decoy. Showmanship often relies on props, after all.
These felons also showed some intelligence by having someone else do their bidding. And they chose someone in a position to access large sums of cash, which shows they did their research. The kidnapping thing was a little much, but it seemed to work, at least for now.
Criminals are getting craftier and more meticulous with each passing day. They focus on details, do their homework, cover their tracks and never, ever quit.
Sadly, law-abiding citizens have no choice but to become even craftier than the criminals, and this is no easy feat. It sometimes means you have to operate in that grey area between black and white, walking the thin line between right and wrong, between good and evil.
And that can be a scary, scary place…
Posted on September 6, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged Bank robbery, California, commentary, creativity, crime, current-events, Los Angeles, musings, news, perspectives, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.