`Kenneth Ray Brooks marched into Centura Bank and declared: “I’m holding down the joint,” police reports record. He then “stuffed a stack of bills into his waistband and pushed the money down out of view”, and quickly exited the scene tailed by a bank employee.
Sadly, Brooks didn’t get far before a dye-pack concealed in the loot exploded. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones explained: “Witnesses said they could see smoke coming out of his pants.” Officers attending the scene quickly identified the perp by “his discomfort and bright red dye on both hands”.
Brooks, identified by bank employees and CCTV footage of the blag, was taken to police headquarters for questioning and later “walked very slowly to a waiting ambulance with the help of police officers and firefighters”. He then enjoyed a trip to the local hospital “as a result of possible burning injuries to his person”.’