In Texas, charges for theft can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a first degree felony. Theft is the intent to take and deprive someone of their property. Robbery is theft using physical force or fear. Here are 5 of the worst attempted thefts and robberies. These criminals should inspire everyone to abide by the law and respect others’ property.
Can You Break A Million?
In 2011, a man in North Carolina attempted to purchase a microwave, vacuum cleaner, and other items at Walmart with a counterfeit $1 million dollar bill. After insisting the bill was real, Walmart employees called the police and they charged the man with two felonies. Unfortunately, he didn’t do his homework because there have never been million dollar bills in circulation; the highest bill printed on record was $100,000 and was never publicly circulated.
In 2013, a grocery store in the Colombian town of Juan de Acosta was robbed by three thieves. After getting their loot, they decided to steal a donkey Xavi to get away. The robbers never expected the then ten-year-old donkey to be so vocal about his objection to crime. Xavi began to let out very loud brays (the “hee-haw” sounds), alerting police officers nearby. The thieves decided to abandon Xavi and the stolen goods, running away on foot.
Scheduling in the Robbery
The Clifton Grill, a restaurant in Chicago, experienced a scare in 2013. Two men came in demanding food with a gun; it’s reported that the gun was actually a squirt gun. The owner was concerned for his patrons’ safety, so he asked the robbers to return in an hour and they actually agreed to return later. Even more shocking, they did return with a metal baseball bat. The restaurant owner had called the police who were there waiting to arrest the two robbers.
Timing is Everything
The Citizens and Northern Bank in Liberty, Pennsylvania experienced a robbery in 2008 – almost. The bank closed at noon that day and the employees were working to close the store when they saw a man in a ski mask with a shotgun outside of the doors. The robber had not read the store hours and was unaware that the bank closed early on Thursdays. The disillusioned robber sped away in his car, but police quickly determined who the culprit was by the license plate numbers given by the bank employees. The would-be thief was charged with attempted robbery and for possession of an instrument of crime.