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10/23/2012 04:47 pm ET

Kerri Ann Heffernan Robs Bank Where She Was On A First Name Basis With The Staff (VIDEO)

Pro tip: If you rob a bank, don't choose one where you’re on a first name basis with employees.

That’s news to Kerri Ann Heffernan of Bridgewater, Mass., who allegedly did just that during a bank robbing spree last weekend, CBS Boston reports. Things didn't exactly end well. Heffernan, who claims she turned to crime to pay her $1,950 rent bill, now stands accused of robbing up to four banks.

Her scheme apparently unraveled when a teller at one of the banks recognized her, asking "Do you want to make a deposit Kerri?” according to CBS Boston. Heffernan was so distraught she didn’t even realize she’d been identified, she later told police.

“They know me over there,” Heffernan said, according to the police report cited by Enterprise News. “I wish I could just give the money back.”

Heffernan, a mother of one, had reportedly lost her job as a paralegal in June and was suffering from financial duress, according to her lawyer. She was “crying the entire time” during at least one of the robberies.

Heffernan is far from the only bank robber to make a seemingly obvious blunder, however. Earlier this year, a failed bank robber was caught when he returned to the scene of the crime to withdraw money to pay for a cab.

Another bank robber had to abandon his plan when a teller was unable to read his handwriting on a note that explained he was robbing the bank.

There's good news, however. On the whole, bank crime has declined in recent years, falling by 10 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to Security Director News.

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