Today’s heartwarming tale of criminal stupidity comes from New Jersey, where Steven Mercado, 32, was arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank after his getaway car ran out of petrol!! Jeez, you reckon that’d be something that you check if you are planning on, let’s say, not getting caught!!
According to police reports Mercado went in to the Susquehanna Bank in Vineland on Thursday and passed the clerk a note that demanded cash. He did not take out a weapon but the note suggested that he did have one in his possession. Although later, this was discovered to be a garden hose spray nozzle not a gun!!
The clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank and got into his getaway car, a burgundy Ford Taurus. This is where Mercado’s masterplan comes apart at the seams, as he failed to put petrol in the car before the robbery and it ran out not far from the bank that he had just robbed.
Kinda stranded, Mercado then pulled his automobile into the parking lot of Auto Performance Glass and tried to hide in it until the cab that he called arrived. “Hi can I get a cab please, I need it ASAP because my getaway car has just run out of gas”…Haha, I wouldn’t be surprised if the conversation between Mercado and the cab telephone operator went a little like that!
Ryan Hess, a customer service representative from Auto Performance Glass claimed that the police were on the scene just moments after the suspect arrived. Hess showed the cops around the property as they searched for possible places that Mercado could be hiding out. Before long they had spotted his car and saw Mercado lying across the front seats inside the vehicle. A master of disguise and deception, he is not!
When our genius ‘alleged’ bank robber noticed the police, he tried to make a run for it, but it will come as no major surprise to you that he didn’t even make it out of the parking lot before he was apprehended by officers!