The Darwin Awards

2001 At-Risk Survivor

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Out of Gas
2001 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(20 July 2001, Kansas) A woman who robbed two Witchita banks in one week, Bank of America and Emprise Bank, was captured when she forgot to attend to one small detail: filling her gas tank. After the second robbery she leapt into a waiting getaway car and sped off, but not before a witness memorized its license plate numer and relayed the information to police.

Captain Max Tenbrook explained that robbers who get away fast are less likely to get caught. "Our best shot at catching them [is] right after it happens." Officers nabbed the woman minutes later and a mile away at a gas station where she had stopped to fill the tank and buy a carton of cigerettes.

Aspiring thieves would do well to memorize a simple rhyme:
"Fill the tank before you rob the bank."

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Submitted by: Doug Prater
Reference: Hurst Laviana of The Wichita Eagle

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