Robbing A Bank Is Much Trickier If You Show Up After Business Hours Are Over

Dark ski mask? Check. Empty bags decorated with dollar signs Check. Willingness to commit a crime for your own selfish purposes? Check. Any would-be bank robber probably knows the basics of trying to perform such a dastardly deed, but there’s another item that should be taken care of before attempting a bank robbery: Make sure the place is actually open when you’re planning to pull it off.

Not that we at all condone bank robbing whatsoever, but one would think there are only so many ways to mess up an attempted crime.

And yet, police in Maine say a 31-year-old man is now in custody after he allegedly tried to rob a bank but showed up after it had closed, reports the Bangor Daily News.

At around 3 p.m. (was it a Saturday or is this bank a very early closer?) police were called to a local bank to attend to a suspicious man who’d shown up at the door wearing a ski mask, and tried to open the locked doors.

When that failed, witnesses said he turned around (probably while muttering, “Aww man, I’m never gone live this one done with the bank robbers’ posse!”) went back to his car and drove off.

Cops tracked his vehicle down within minutes of someone calling in the odd activity and found the man with the ski mask that he was believed to have been wearing. He spoke with police, who came away from the conversation saying the guy had been planning on robbing the bank, but was stymied by the locked doors.

He’s been charged with attempted robbery and will also have to sit in the corner at the next Bank Robbers’ Posse of America meeting. You don’t even want to know how many times he’ll have to write “Make sure the bank is open” on the chalkboard.

Police say would-be robber failed when he arrived at bank too late [Bangor Daily News]