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Posted on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 10:39 a.m.

Man arrested after police find fishing line hanging out of night deposit box at Ann Arbor bank

By Lee Higgins

A 26-year-old Ypsilanti man was arrested this morning after Ann Arbor police responded to an alarm at a South State Street bank and found him hiding near a night deposit box that had fishing line hanging out of it, police said.

The alarm call from Michigan Commerce Bank came in at 4:16 a.m., and officers were on the scene within three minutes, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.

Bush declined to be more specific about where the man was hiding. Bush said it appeared he was trying to get money out of the night deposit box using the fishing line.

It's unclear whether the incident is linked to several similar incidents in recent months, including one in May at a bank in the 100 block of North Maple Road, Bush said.

The man is at the Washtenaw County Jail, where he is expected to be arraigned on criminal charges Thursday, Bush said.



Mon, Sep 20, 2010 : 9:30 a.m.

What was on the other end? Gum? Sheese! Not too many pickets in his fence!!

Michigan Reader

Sat, Sep 18, 2010 : 3:34 p.m.

@atnaap--This should be easy to prosecute. There's circumstantial evidence here. Alarm goes off at the bank at 4:16a.m., the guy's hiding nearby, and there's fishing line hanging out of the night deposit box. Get the jury to connect the dots on those three facts, and there's a conviction. He might just plead guilty.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 3:40 p.m.

I wonder if he's smart enough to keep his mouth shut. Seems pretty hard to prosecute unless he said something stupid or it was caught on tape. Did they get prints off a piece of fishing line? Is it a crime to hide near a bank? I play hide and seek near the bank with my invisible friends all the time.


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 9:19 p.m.

And Michigan Reader, you last statement was hilarious!


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 9:17 p.m.

And Jeffrey, Dr. Jack Kevorkian risked jail for his convictions, that is a whole different ball of wax. I suppose you cannot say either way by that reckoning. What about Ghandi? What about Mandela, John the Baptist, etc...... what about the brilliant minds of the criminally insane? By and large you aren't going to see people like that fishing in night deposit boxes. And the real smart thieves in this country are getting bailouts from the taxpayer through the federal government. So, if I must, for the sake of the simpleminded, provide caveats for each statement I make, the sobeit. But I heave a great sigh, and say once again, go to Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland & Wayne county jails, point out the smart ones to me, for I fail to see them. By and large there are a lot of mentally challenged human beings there. The mentally ill have been kicked out of the institutions that used to care for them and left on the street to their own devices. A good portion of these end up in the 'safety net' that John Engler said was there to 'catch them'. He just didn't bother to say that that net led to jail or prison. Anyways, I think your arguments are amusing, but missing the point.


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 9:07 p.m.

yeah, IQ's are real impressive. I know of a guy who has a 'photographic' memory. remembers everything he's read. Did something stupid and got busted. The difficulty being that he thought he couldn't get caught because he was too intelligent. That was a stupid mistake. That is what I meant. Manson wasn't real smart about what he was doing either, a bit whacked out if you ask me. And Jeffrey, you and others for some reason, keep bringing up insane criminals whose pathology often causes them to stupidly think they cannot get caught. Ted Kaczynski got away with his crimes for a long time. But stupidly, he believed his manifesto would be taken seriously and his brother ratted him out. But you go to your local county jail and show me where the smart ones are that are in there. I'll answer that one for you; they aren't there. And yes, there were a rash of these types of fishing expeditions in Howell in the latter 80's. Banks moved to find a way to keep that type of theft from happening again. And Amazon, it doesn't have anything to do with 'hang(ing) around with people foolish enough to try a stunt like that.' It was in the Livingston County Press at the time. I was just another citizen reading the evening newspaper. :) I guess I don't think of insane people as really being smart, per se. They may have a high intelligence quotient, but that doesn't equate to smarts. Arrogance is a kind of stupidity that tends to affect those who 'think' they are smarter than everyone else. So, all this feedback just feeds the kitty.

Michigan Reader

Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 7:14 p.m.

This guy should try phishing online with a wireless network. It's safer.


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 9:15 a.m.

@ Bear, "Smart people don't end up behind bars", really? What do you call: Dr. Theodore Kaczynski, Dr. Jack Kevorkian? Bear (no pun intended) in mind Abraham Lincoln's quote: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 7:37 a.m.

Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Give an idiot a fishing pole, and he does incredibly stupid things with it.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 7:25 a.m.

Not that I would entertain anything like this, but there doesn't seem to be any mention of recommended pound test for the fishing line. I'd hate to hook a whopper of a deposit only to have my line snap before I can land it.

Bob W

Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 6:42 a.m.

I have heard of this technique before also. Sometimes I think these news stories, or the police, provide too much detail. Why not just say he was caught while tring to rob the bank? Beats planting the idea in the heads of other wanabees.

Michigan Reader

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:21 p.m.

@Bear--While this guy may not have been smart, smart people DO wind up behind bars. G.Gordon Liddy (I.Q. tested at between 138 and 142 at diverse times)did 6 or 7 years in a federal prison for contempt of court in the Watergate scandal. Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Buliosi said that while most mass murders are of rather low intellect, Manson is very bright. Saying smart people don't wind up behind bars, is like saying they don't make mistakes; smart people make mistakes. Mistakes are one of those things that occur on a continuum, from mild to life threatening.


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 6:29 p.m.

BEAR - I never heard of anyone "fishing for cash" before. Guess I've had a somewhat sheltered life and I certainly don't hang around with people foolish enough to try a stunt like that.


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 1:17 p.m.

amazonwarrior - no real credit for imagination. doofus probably read about it somewhere since it has been done before, with success, in the 80's. I believe most banks took steps to correct the situation and make it nigh impossible to 'fish' cash out of night deposit boxes. This guy wasn't smart, just thought he was. Smart people don't end up behind bars.


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 12:20 p.m.

you think he would shave stopped after nearly getting caught the last time... a real mental giant!


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 11:24 a.m.

I wonder what the minimum denomination is to be eligible for master angler award?


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 11:06 a.m.

I have to give the guy credit for using his imagination.


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 11:05 a.m.

What's the best kind of lure to use for catching Benjamins?

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 10:57 a.m.

evidently he didn't have a silver spoon in his tackle box.


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 10:50 a.m.

could the young lad also be charged with fishing without a license?


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 10:18 a.m.

It appears he took the bait; hook, line and sinker!