Albany police arrested three people who they said were involved in a bank robbery on Monday.
Police said at around 9:30 a.m., a man went into the Citizens Bank on North Pearl Street and demanded cash. Two other suspects were waiting in a cab outside.
All three jumped out of the cab at the corner of State and Lodge after a dye pack exploded. The man was caught in front of City Hall, while the other suspects were caught on Green Street.
Albany Police Det. James Miller said, "Handed a note, never showed a weapon. [He] made the implication of a weapon and notified the bank tellers that they were robbing the bank and from there got the money and jumped back into the cab."
OK, taking a cab to a bank robbery is slightly smarter than taking the bus. But not much. They ought to tack on an extra ten years to the prison sentence of anyone this dumb.
Update: Albany PD has released a name. Aaron Williams, 59, was arrested in connection with the robbery. The other two passengers in the cab were released. They were just waiting in the cab while Williams was allegedly robbing the bank. Apparently you can be arrested for being a getaway driver, but not a getaway passenger. I looked up Williams at the NYS DOCS inmate info site. There is a 59 year old Aaron Williams (born on Christmas day 1945, no less) who did two stretches in the state prison system. I don't know if it's the same guy, but this guy maxed out -- meaning no early release or parole -- both times he was in. If it is the same guy, maybe he was homesick. Wouldn't be the first time.