Bank robbery by phone?

A man in Wellington, New Zealand, who previously robbed a bank in person, tried to rob the same bank by telephone on Friday.

“He’s rung (the bank) and said ‘I’m the guy who robbed you the other day and I want the manager to put some money in a bag and go and stand in the street,’ said Detective Sergeant Chris Winder of the Auckland Police.

“(He said) ‘I’ll drive by slowly and take the bag from you and drive off.”

A plain clothes police officer stood outside the bank in the northern city of Auckland on Friday carrying a bag but the man did not appear. Instead, he called again. . . .

Police traced the calls and arrested a man Saturday, charging him with aggravated robbery and demanding money with menaces. — Associated Press

The man, unnamed in news reports, is today’s Stupid Person of the Day.

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