Fall River (Mass) police are seeking this woman in a rather curious investigation of someone who appears to have decided NOT to rob a bank. The woman ripped up a note to a teller that was later found in the trash. What is the crime? Attempted bank robbery for walking into a bank and writing a note?
The woman walked into the Fall River Municipal Credit Union and approached a teller. She then told the teller to “give me a minute” and went to a counter and wrote on a piece of paper. She then ripped up the note.
The bank employee later pieced the note back together and it read “Give me the money.”
There was no express act toward the bank robbery except approaching the teller. For all police know, she approached the teller and only then thought of robbing the bank. She then changed her mind.
Of course, her appearance suggests an effort to conceal her identity unless she is trying out for a role in the local theater version of The Matrix. Yet, that is not a crime in itself. The police likely want to speak with her in case she decides to overcome her reluctance at the next bank. However, thus far, she has made the right ultimate decision. This is one case where “staying the course” was not the optimal choice.