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Stupid Case File for January 29, 2006

SCF Tip: Don't Rob Where People Know You

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Revenge is sweet, but laughing at dumb ex-boyfriends is even sweeter.

Colorado man Gary Belote allegedly robbed the bank where his ex-girlfriend works after she dumped him, where every single person knew him on sight, according to The Gazette.

"He robbed a bank where people knew him," Colorado Springs police Sgt. Scott Whittington told the paper. "Everybody was like, 'Oh, that's Gary.'"

The teller said he recognized Belote, 30, as he allegedly used a note to rob the USB Bank just west of Memorial Park around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday.

The alleged robber's ex was out for lunch during the stickup — after which Belote made his getaway on foot, later catching a ride with a stranger, cops said.

Officers found someone who knew the man Belote hitched a ride with while interviewing witnesses, called the driver and found out the intersection where he'd dropped the alleged ex-boyfriend bandit.

A man bolted for the exit the moment police Sgt. Bob Benjamin entered the nearby Salvation Army homeless shelter to ask if someone there knew Belote. A worker told Benjamin that was his man.

"I wasn't in there three seconds and he was out the door," Benjamin told The Gazette.

Belote almost smacked into Officer Eric Apodaca and Sgt. Angelo Butierres as he rounded the corner — and police said he had the loot crudely stuffed in his sock.

"It was hilarious. He didn't have a chance," Butierres told The Gazette. "I've been doing this for 24 years, and I've caught a lot of bad guys, but not that easily. It doesn't really get any easier than that."


Blogger SJ said...

Ok...[Writing notes]

January 29, 2006 11:48 PM  

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