Bank Robber Uses Pay Stub as ‘Demand Note’

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December 30, 2008 | David Wallace | Comments 0

We’ve all heard stories where stupid criminals accidentally leave behind incriminating evidence such as driver’s licenses and checkbooks when committing their crimes. In the case of one Chicago bank robber, his incriminating evidence is more along the lines of complete stupidity rather than happen chance.

Thomas Infante walked into a Chicago bank around 5:50 p.m. last Friday and handed a teller a note that read “Be Quick Be Quit. Give your cash or I’ll shoot,” according to an FBI affidavit filed today. The teller gave the man about $400.

Then, typical of a stupid criminal act, Mr. Infante left behind his demand note, written on a torn half of the pay stub. Investigators found the other half of the note – with Infante’s name and home address – outside the bank’s front doors. The pay stub showed Infante was paid $165.99 by Jewel Food Stores on Oct. 23, according to the FBI.

“It’s fairly unusual that we see something that specifically stupid,” said FBI spokesman Ross Rice. “But overall, we see a lot of strange bank robberies.”

Infante was arrested at his Cary home and later confessed to the robbery, according to the FBI affidavit.