What goes around certainly comes around, at least for one New Jersey man.
Kenneth Costello, 49, a customer at a local TD Bank branch, accidentally dug himself into a deep hole when he alerted officials about suspicious activity on his bank account. After authorities investigated to find out who had siphoned $100,000 from Costello's bank account, they charged him with being a thief, too. Costello had allegedly pocketed $545,384 by filing fraudulent tax returns, according to the Gloucester County Times.
Authorities say the money missing from Costello's account had gone to Lisa Jarvis, 32, a bank teller, who allegedly made an extra copy of the customer's debit card to give herself access to his funds, according to the Courier Post. Jarvis is being indicted for stealing from Costello over a two-year period. Costello is being charged with filing four bogus tax returns.
As a teller, Jarvis had easy access to Costello's account, but it's not just bank employees who can create phony debit cards. Last month, Canadian police busted 46 people involved in a massive debit-card fraud scheme; the thieves allegedly defrauded victims out of millions of dollars by using cloned debit and credit cards.
While copying debit cards has gained popularity among tech-savvy thieves, pocketing bogus tax refunds is even more common. Scammers steal large sums of money from the government by lying about their income or stealing someone else's identity when filing their returns.
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.