Leticia Denova, Teen Bank Robber, Needs a Serious Refresher Course in Being a Bad Guy
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm
The lovely and talented Leticia walked into the bank saying she had a bomb, a gun, and that she really would appreciate having some free money. She also had a ski mask on her head. But she seemed to forget the importance of actually pulling it down over her face so, like, she wouldn't be recognized.
For some reason she also decided to pass the teller a bank card, though an ID usually isn't required in an armed heist setting. Then she walked out with an undisclosed pile of loot.
Her problems began almost immediately. It seems Leticia wasn't big on the whole pre-planning thing. Instead of scouting the city for an ideal bank, she simply decided to take down the one across the street from the dry cleaner where she worked.
So when detectives began showing surveillance photos of her around the neighborhood -- which depicted the mask still on the top of her head, leaving her face exposed -- dry cleaner workers immediately recognized their colleague.
For some reason Leticia also decided to rent a room at a Westin hotel. And she did so using the bank card she'd shown the teller during her heist. It may have been in someone else's name, but it allowed cops to easily trace our hapless criminal.
Finally, an employee at the hotel saw a woman suspiciously enter a room, throw something in the trash, then quickly reemerge. When the guy checked the trash can, he found Leticia's ski mask and some money. Our guess is she decided she didn't need that free pile of loot after all. Or she was worried her plan had failed.
If you guessed option B, you're correct! Leticia's now been charged with robbery by threat. She's also expected to be placed on suspension by the Armed Robber's Union for violating numerous professional bylaws.
See our last story from the Robbery file: Kelly Schofield's Robbery Is Thwarted By Cashier Who Trumps Her Knife Collection.