Getaway Scooter

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Can you imagine a well thought out plan for a bank robbery would include using a Lime electric scooter as your getaway transportation?

BLOG POST #237: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a repeat offender and his strange method of fleeing the crime scene.

I can’t imagine a bank teller’s fear when a customer hands them a note that says, “I have a GUN! Give me all the money. NO INK Packages.”

The teller complied and handed the man $1,000. He left the bank and fled on a Lime electric scooter. The scooters are predominately in larger cities, on street corners, and available for anyone to use. A credit card is required to activate the scooter. You’re charged based on the duration of use.

This was his second bank robbery. With his first robbery, eleven years earlier, he’d given the bank teller a similarly worded note and fled on foot with $451.00. For this crime, the court sentenced him to 63 months in federal prison.

As you can imagine, the authorities caught the bank robber for the second time and arrested him.

The U.S. Attorney on the second case said, “As this case demonstrates, individuals who re-offend will be investigated, arrested and convicted, and usually the sentence will be longer. Hopefully, this time the defendant learned a lesson.”

Before the trial, he pleaded guilty to the bank robbery. The judge sentenced the 32-year-old man to 57 months in federal prison.

The next time you see someone zipping by on a rented scooter, take a close look, it could be a criminal fleeing a crime scene.

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Source: U.S Department of Justice, U.S. District Court – Southern California, Court Listener

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