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.”