In case you were wondering, ingesting lightbulbs won't make you any brighter.
At least that's what we learned after R.J. Williams made news last year for his record-setting lightbulb-eating speed (see video below). Williams recently captured headlines again, but this time for robbing a bank and getting caught.
Here's our round-up of some recent crazy bank robberies:
Set Record For Lightbulb Eating
R.J. Williams should have stuck with eating lightbulbs. After pocketing $14,000 from seven branches in New York City, police finally caught him when he returned to the Apple Bank branch he had robbed, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/alleged-bank-robber-returns-scene-crime-busted-article-1.1091623" target="_hplink">according to the NY Daily News. </a>
Carried A Toilet Plunger
Bank robbery requires preparation. Lawrence Deptola came over-prepared. The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/lawrence-deptola-toilet-plunger-bank-robbery_n_1423317.html" target="_hplink">Uttica man made headlines for unsuccessfully</a> trying to rob three banks with a toilet plunger.
Forklifted An ATM Machine
No measure is too extreme for some crooks. Thieves in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina used a forklift to carry off an ATM machine from a SunTrust branch, <a href="http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120605/PC16/120609542/forklift-used-in-mount-pleasant-atm-theft" target="_hplink">according to the Post and Courier.</a>
Rocked A Smurf Cap
This bank robber knows how to make a fashion statement. Besides gloves and a surgical mask to hide his identity, a thief in Chattanooga, Tennessee sported a Smurf cartoon hat as he robbed a SunTrust branch, <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jun/06/chattanooga-police-are-searching-bank-robber-smurf/" target="_hplink">according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. </a>
Tried To Rob A Closed Down Bank With A Toy Gun
While some criminals over-prepare, others prefer to wing it. A major hurdle came for an ill-prepared thief as he tried to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/05/worlds-stupidest-bank-robber_n_1128836.html" target="_hplink">rob a bank in Germany with a toy gun</a>: the bank, which had been shut down 17 years ago, was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/05/worlds-stupidest-bank-robber_n_1128836.html" target="_hplink"> actually a physiotherapy practice.
Did It For Dentures
Evelyn Marie Fuller told police in Pennsylvania <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/toothless-bank-robber-needed-dentures_n_1249198.html" target="_hplink">that she robbed a First National Bank</a> because she needed money to buy some teeth.
Shot Himself In Foot
While incompetent criminals often shoot themselves in the foot, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/26/brazilian-bank-robber-shoots-himself-in-the-foot_n_1233014.html" target="_hplink">Brazilian bank robber took a more </a>literal approach. He accidentally fired a round at himself on the scene of his crime. Police arrested him after he took himself to a hospital for treatment.
Tipped The Teller
A bank robber can show a little generosity from time to time. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/bank-robber-leaves-tip_n_1423288.html" target="_hplink">Jesus Ventura, a Dallas firefighter,</a> left a $20 tip for the teller after he allegedly robbed a Chase Bank.
Got Jammed In Air Duct
Charles Estell nearly managed to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/03/bank-robber-gets-stuck-in_n_1566227.html" target="_hplink">pillage $100,000 from a Chicago bank,</a> but got stuck in an overhead air duct while trying to hide out there.
Said Thank You And Have A Nice Day
Though his mask and gun might have you fooled, William Alexander <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/12/william-alexander-norbeck_n_1510409.html" target="_hplink">Norbeck is actually quite friendly</a>. He robbed two Maryland M&T branches on five occasions, but made sure to tell his victims "thank you" and "have a nice day."
Flipped A Coin
To rob or not to rob, that was the question for Steven Lee Wright. Wright <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/steven-lee-wright-bank-robbery-fugitive_n_1347187.html" target="_hplink">told Oregon police </a>that he flipped a coin before deciding to rob Sterling Savings Bank.