“Not Very Clever”: Man Robs Bank Without Disguise, Used Taxi To Get Away, and Paid Hotel With Dyed Money

There are some felons who simply need to go to jail for a lack of effort. Andre Edwards, 41, not only robbed three banks without any disguise but then called a taxi as a getaway car. He then paid his hotel bill with money showing the red dye used by banks to mark stolen money.

Edwards used a note reading “Give me all your money . . Give me the money or I will hurt you . . . This is a robbery. If you move, I will hurt you.” His first robbery occurred around 9 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2017 and he fled in a taxi. Five days later, he robbed another bank but this time the taxi was late (I hate that) and he was forced to flee on foot. To make matters worse, the dye pack went off in the bag of money. Two days later, he was back robbing another bank. Again a dye pack exploded in the money, but this time he was able to grab a taxi. That last taxi driver remembered where he took Edwards who was arrested and confessed.

Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Clifford seemed incredulous at the sentencing hearing in noting “You were not very clever. You wore no mask and did nothing to hide your identity. You were all over the surveillance tapes.”

Clifford also told Edwards, “You’re 41. You would expect to be aging out of this.”

Edwards pleaded guilty on a deal to serve a total of 10 years in prison, followed by six years of special parole.

While Edwards asked for less, Clifford gave him the ten years saying, “this is a reasonable disposition.” After all, Edwards had received ten years earlier on a series of similar robberies and, as Clifford explained, “You were out just four months on probation when this (the three bank robberies) happened.”

15 thoughts on ““Not Very Clever”: Man Robs Bank Without Disguise, Used Taxi To Get Away, and Paid Hotel With Dyed Money”

  1. This guy needs a new vocation cause he is not half as good as a con-man who cons the nation and gets away with huge tax breaks and his kids who do business on the taxpayers dime. If he just would have gotten a education from a real university like say, TRUMP U.

  2. All the previous comments are correct. A prison setting may be the best the best disposition for those who are unable to find their way.

    Easy access to birth control and easy access to removal of adverse fetal cells helps to reduce the number of people born with incomplete brain development as a result of rape, alcohol, and drugs.

  3. Stuck in a rut. Needed a mental note counselor upon release, if not earlier.

  4. Can you say “institutionalized”?

    I’d say he just wanted to go back to prison. I’ve seen this type of behavior before. It’s sad but this occasionally happens with some prisoners.

    1. Which suggests that for some, prison isn’t an especially unpleasant place to live.

    2. I was thinking the same thing, Darren. Very sad. Maybe in these ten years he’ll apply himself to learning and find some better direction.

    3. This reminds me of that scene in Shawshank Redemption where Red killed himself because he couldn’t make it outside. Then Morgan Freeman’s character bought a gun, planning to use it to get back into prison.

      I don’t know if this guy felt like making it on his own was just too hard for him, or if he really was that ignorant. Clearly, he has problems.

      I wish I could explain to young people that committing crimes may seem like easy money but they are making the rest of their lives so much harder. If they think making money is hard now, wait until they are applying for jobs with a felony on their record. Criminals often don’t see the point in applying themselves in school, either, throwing up one road block after another. It’s such a waste of their life and their possibilities.

      Frankly, I have an issue with the parole system. What does good behavior in prison really translate to on the outside? If a rapist gets parole for good behavior in prison, does that in any way mean he won’t assault women again when let out? Or in this case, this guy didn’t rob any banks in prison, got out on parole, then went back to robbing banks. This isn’t a popular opinion, but I think that sentences should be fair. Serving the entire sentence is fair. Good behavior in prison should earn benefits like TV time or workout time, not early release. Perhaps sentences should be a bit shorter if they got rid of the parole system. Parole in general seems like a remnant of antiquity – a gentleman gives his word of honor not to reoffend and gets out on his own honor system. They used to do this exclusively with officers in the various navies of Europe. A British ship would be taken by, for example, Spain. The crew would end up in gaol while the officers would be paroled, and often visited by the Spanish officers. Meanwhile, the paroled British officers would scramble to provide their incarcerated crew with better food than the gruel and moldy bread provided. The rules of honor were quite strict.

      1. There was another film I enjoyed, First Time Felon, which dealt with the self-inflicted obstacles that a first prison sentence puts up. True story.

      2. good behavior credit helps control the prisoners. they need to be controlled because they can riot and take over a facility if they put their minds to it.

        sentences are too long. jail is too disorderly and the weaker prisoners are often victimized. the problem of male rape is not in every jail or prison but it is in many and the numbers are staggering.


        caning would be a more humane and socially effective punishment and in all seriousness i advocate it

      3. Washington ended its parole system for adult offenders committing crimes after the summer of 1984. It went to a determinate sentencing law where the offense is ranked along with the offender’s previous criminal history and factored occasionally by sentencing aggravators and mitigators. The sentencing grid provides a range that the judge must follow. If he deviates outside the range, that extra amount is appealable by either the prosecutor or the defendant. Grids are available for Drug, Kidnapping & sex offenses, and general crimes.

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