Bank robbery suspect locked keys in getaway car, charges say


Lock your keys in your car, and a call to a local locksmith or police station is usually the best course of action.

Those might not be options though if you just robbed a bank and it's your getaway car that's inaccessible.

Moshood Kayode Olad Alad Itabiyi is charged with first-degree aggravated burglary and third-degree burglary after authorities say he did just that Thursday afternoon: held up a Barnum bank with a fake gun, then left with an undetermined amount of money – only to discover he'd locked his keys in his escape car, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

According to Northland's News Center, the criminal complaint says the 22-year-old Itabiyi took a hammer from a nearby residence, used it to break one of his vehicle's windows, then got in and drove off. He was arrested shortly after.

The robbery happened around 3:35 p.m. Thursday, the Moose Lake Star Gazette reports, when a suspect walked into the Northview Bank, flashed a handgun and demanded money.

FOX 21 says Itabiyi was charged Friday in Carlton County. According to the station, he admitted to authorities he'd used a replica gun.

Not according to plan

Fortunately for many victims, criminal plans can fall apart quickly, turning a potentially dangerous situation into less of one.

In 2011, the Pioneer Press reported someone tried to rob a Bloomington credit union – but when the teller told him no cash was available, he fled empty-handed. Then there's the case of David Greer, a 47-year-old accused of robbing a U.S. Bank in St. Paul in late 2012. Weeks later, his guilty conscience got to him and he turned himself in to police.

Technology can throw a wrench into things too.

Just last month, authorities say a South St. Paul man checked his Facebook profile from a home he broke into June 19 – and forgot to log off. The homeowner described him as the "world's dumbest criminal."

In April, an attempted burglary at a Maplewood business was thwarted when one of the suspects butt-dialed 911. And two suspects in a 2013 North Dakota home burglary were charged after one of the men left his cellphone behind with his own Facebook profile open.

And sometime it's simply human intervention that helps keep people safe. Such as in February, when a suspect robbing a St. Paul CVS pharmacy was kicked in the face by a customer and left behind valuable clues for investigators – including his cellphone. That incident was caught on surveillance footage as well.

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