Bank robbery foiled when cashier can’t read post-it

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A Briton allegedly botched a bank robbery because of a handwritten note so sloppy the cashier couldn’t read it.

The potential theft was part of a short-lived frenzy in East Sussex by Alan Slattery, 67, which included a second failed heist and a successful theft of $ 3,300, Sussex police said in a press release Wednesday.

Slattery was sentenced to four years in prison and two years under supervision by Lewes Crown Court on July 16, police said.

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Alan Slattery, and the alleged note.  (Sussex Police)
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Alan Slattery, and the alleged note. (Sussex Police)

The retiree attempted to rob the Nationwide Building Society on the morning of March 18 by slipping a note to the cashier – but pulled him out of there penniless when the cashier couldn’t understand the handwriting, the statement said.

It was only after he left that the staff understood that the note said “your screen will not stop what I have, just hand over the 10s and 20s to think about the customer (sic)”.

The wacky crime was reminiscent of a scene from the 1969 comedy film “Take the Money and Run”, which shows a bank robbery gone awry when the potential thief argues with cashiers, a vice president and others over whether his warning note says “gun” or “gub”.

But Slattery continued after his first heist went south, and on March 26 he slipped a note to a Nationwide Building Society cashier who was able to read it – and handed out around $ 3,300 in cash, a the police said.

Surveillance footage showed Slattery getting on a bus afterwards, and he was identified by the bus company by the photo on his pass, police said.

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Slattery was written off one final time before police charged him, this time at a NatWest bank on April 1, the statement said. He used a note again, but this time the teller pushed back and frightened Slattery who left the bank without taking anything, police said.

Police arrested Slattery walking near his home later for theft and attempted theft, police said. In her house, they found “sticky labels” that matched one of her sticky notes, the statement said.

“These incidents have caused fear and distress both to employees working in banks and to the general public,” Detective Constable Jay Fair said in a statement.

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“I would like to thank all the victims and witnesses who supported our investigation, and I am happy to see the seriousness of the offensesare reflected in the sentence handed down by the court.

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