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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 34, August 23, 2009, Article 26

'HYPNOTIC' BANK ROBBERS ARRESTED

I thought I'd heard it all, but here's a story about a novel approach to bank robbery. -Editor

'A FAMILY of bank robbers', who allegedly hypnotise cashiers into giving them money, have been arrested, police said yesterday.

The couple, along with their infant son, operated as a family and are accused of robbing banks and finance company cashiers in Manama for the last few months.

Their latest robbery was reported by a bank cashier on Sunday, who claimed to have been "hypnotised" into parting with BD900 when given a $100 banknote to exchange.

They first told police they are Iranians then said they are from Turkey and later said they are from Syria.

"They reportedly approach cashiers and claim they are visitors who want to exchange currency," said the source.

"They reportedly get the cashier under the influence of hypnosis who then parts with more money than he or she is supposed to give."

"These are not the droids you are looking for" -Editor

To read the complete article, see: 'Hypnotic' bank robbers arrested (www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=257907)

Speaking of bank robbers, here's a nominee for dumbest bank robber of the year. -Editor

A Utah bank robber helpfully wrote his demands on a piece of paper that listed his personal details on the other side.

The man reportedly walked into a bank and handed a note demanding cash which he received.

But it turned out the other side of the note listed information the man had provided for a drug screening including his name, social security number and birth date.

Police used the information to look up the man's driver's license and compared the license photo to security video before arresting the man.

To read the complete article, see: Bank robber hands over personal information (www.bartlesvillelive.com/content/weirdnews
/Bank-robber-hands-over-personal-information/OxNg-k2RVkqr61SOF4XgbQ.cspx)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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