Teller Thwarts Attempted Bank Robbery by Saying Bank Closed

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A bold Chicago bank teller foiled an attempted heist by politely telling the alleged robber with a demand note that the bank was closed and she should come back tomorrow. The woman was arrested when she came back a few days later.

A bank employee spotted the woman, Olga Perdomo, April 2 outside the bank with a man and called the police. When police arrived, they recognized the man, Willie Weathersby, as the person suspected of robbing the same bank of $2,589 nearly two weeks earlier.

Perdomo had entered the Albany Bank and Trust around 5 p.m. on March 29, wearing dark, plaid pajama pants, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

She approached the counter and gave a teller a note that said, “Give me all your money, no cops, no dye pack,” according to the complaint.

“According to teller B, he/she took the note and told the female that the bank was closed and that she should just come back tomorrow,” the complaint said. “The female then exited the bank.”

Four days later, a bank employee who had seen the surveillance video from the attempted robbery “observed a female just outside the bank” and recognized her “as resembling the individual who attempted to rob the bank” 10 days earlier, according to the complaint.

The employee called the police and when they arrived, they recognized Weathersby in connection to a March 23 robbery at the same bank. Perdomo was arrested immediately and, after a “brief foot chase,” Weathersby was arrested, too.

Both allegedly admitted their respective involvements in the robberies to police. Perdomo was charged with attempted bank robbery and Weathersby was charged with bank robbery.

The duo appeared in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

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