Not that we're recommending it. But if you're looking for work, bank robbery seems to pay well. Of the 5,628 total reported U.S. bank robberies, burglaries, and larcenies in 2010--including 148 in Washington--more than $43 million was taken, but only $8 million recovered, according to stats released today by the FBI. Interestingly, the FBI doesn't say how many of the 5,000-plus robbers were nabbed. But among those who we know were caught purple-dye-pack-handed, such as Seattle's F-Bomb bandit, crime didn't seem to pay that well. F-Bomb, you might recall, had to split the meager $11,000 take four ways.
F-Bomber at work.
Kennebrew, unarmed, allegedly handed the teller at each bank a note that began "Give me the fucking money," earning the F-Bomb nickname from the FBI. She and the others were soon arrested (she was wearing the same coat that the F-Bomber wore in the bank video), and, as teens tend to do, talked a lot. Kennebrew is fighting the charge, however, having pleaded not guilty. She is set to go to trial in two weeks, as is Sims.
The F-Bomber is unlikely to be as well-remembered, however, as other local nicknamed bank robbers, including the heavyweight Trench Coat robbers who in 1997 pulled off America's biggest bank job ever ($4,461,48), in Tacoma. There's also the flamboyant Hollywood Bandit--handsome William Scurlock, who took $1 million from a Lake City bank in 1996 and shot it out with cops--and The Shootist, Johnny Williams Jr.,who committed the longest string of bank robberies ever (from Texas in 1986 to Washington in 1994) before he was busted in Bothell.
F-Bomb is more the caliber of, say, Anthony Battiste, who knocked over 22 Seattle-area banks in the early '90s, averaging just over $2,000 a bank. His motto was quality, not quantity.