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Calling ahead to rob a bank may save you time, but inevitably could tip off authorities too. Cops nabbed two criminal suspects accused of calling up front to collect cash and rob a bank.
That's what happened to Albert Bailey, 27, and a 16-year-old. When they showed up to rob a bank they were greeted by the cops instead, NBC reports.
Apparently, Bailey and the teenager called about 10 minutes before they came to rob People's United Bank in Connecticut.
Sgt. James Perez, Fairfield police spokesman, described the bank robbery suspects as "Not-too-bright." He said "They should have spent time in school instead of trying to rob a bank."
The suspects allegedly threatened to create "a blood bath," officials said.
According to authorities Bailey waited in a parked car while the 16-year-old picked up the bag of cash and walked out.
As an officer tried to arrest the teen, a dye pack exploded and more officers showed up nab both suspects.
The 16-year-old was sent to an area juvenile jail.
Both robbery suspects were charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree threatening.
In general, robbery involves taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation.
It also is a crime of theft and can be classified as larceny by force or by threat of force. The penalty for robbery is always more severe than for larceny.
The crime of robbery almost always requires the presence of a victim who suffers actual injury, or is threatened with harm.
As for Bailey, it was like deja-vu.
Officials said he was on probation for robbing a People's Bank branch in Bridgeport in 2003.