Textbook Notes (363,062)
Canada (158,169)
LS 229 (1)
Chapter 0

LS 229 Chapter 0: Introduction to Criminology -- All Case Study Summaries for Bank Robbery Unit

11 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Waterloo
Legal Studies
LS 229
Carlie Leroux

SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings Force and Fear Dog Day Afternoon (p. 24) - idea started because his partner has guns and they decided to rob a bank - got most of their information / ideas from TV (media), very skewed - everything got screwed up • one guy didn't put his mask on • there was a teller on the phone with her friend and she saw them and told her friend to call the police • lady that he wanted to open the till had the wrong keys police showed up before they could even get the money • Seeking Independence (p. 93) - 25 year old man was interviewed 2 years earlier and then released on parole b/c he said his first robbery was a mistake and he wouldn't reoffend - robbed another bank w 3 partners after being released and received 7 years for robbery and 3 for use of a firearm 2nd interview (focused on why he reoffended): - 10 days before release the storage unit at his friends house that had all his stuff burned down - had nothing but $200, parents tried to help him out but they were going through a rough time and he didn't want to be a burden - started living with his girlfriend; she decided she wanted to marry him - he wanted to but didn't have any money - she said her parents would lend them money for their honeymoon - realized he was being supported by her, had no job, and no money to pay for the wedding (didn’t want to ask his parents b/c they were already struggling); been dependent for too long - wanted things and saw a way to get it (wanted to be independent) - robbed a bank to get the money and got arrested the same day his girlfriend and mom went to put a deposit on the dress and do wedding invitations A Commitment to Crime (p. 67) - age 23, solo gunman escaped from halfway house and was suspected of 14 bank robberies - operated alone, wore a balaclava and used a firearm (pistol) - confident, calculating, boastful, and committed to a life of crime His story: 1 SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings - got courage and confidence from committing the robberies and getting away with it; began to feel like he was good at it - did most of them out of town (would fly in); heavily addicted to drugs - wasn’t caught for most of the robberies he did (got 5 years) - says he was caught b/c of his drug addiction (dropped his guard) - robbed banks so he could travel, party, and have fun (didn’t think of future) - didn’t believe in working, found crime easier (wanted to have fun; YOLO) - said he wouldn't hesitate to point a gun or fire it - wanted to live comfortably and would do anything to achieve that - said it wasn’t something he got a thrill out of but he was happy when he would get away - robbed banks for the money, not for his own entertainment - ready to take risks b/c only a small amount of people get caught - ‘I’m good enough to be with the best. Some of the greatest leaders that ever existed spent time in jail’ - was thinking of getting into drugs next; done with bank robberies b/c it wasn’t low key Power Tripping (p. 77) - 25 year old operated in 6 man crew that robbed dt banks in a large city - gang was heavily armed and sometimes violent towards tellers - several of the members were shot by the Hold Up Squad after attempting to escape from a bank robbery His story: - done theatrically, thought of it as a big game - scared the first time but felt a rush after and thought it was fun (ended when they got shot) - new experience being part of a gang - liked watching people’s reactions and being able to tell them to do anything - some people went into shock so they would hit them on the head and then lay them on the floor - never thought what he was doing was serious at the time b/c it seemed like a fun game University Student (p. 84) - 24 year old, robbed banks to put himself through school for 2 and a half years - passed a note and used a replica hand gun then got away by foot or bike 2 SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings - arrested when someone followed him out of a bank and flagged down a nearby police officer His Story - got all his ideas and M.O from the media - followed the ‘Friday Afternoon Bandit’; media played up his story and M.O and treated him kind of like a hero - gave himself 30 - 45 s to get the money (minute max once people knew what was going on) - money from robberies reinforced the wrong habits (payed off drug debts and then bought more and then he had more drug debts) - destroys monetary value (spending and smoking too much) - was trafficking and paying for part of university and then everything dried up and he owed someone money so he decided to rob a bank (instead of asking parents for help) - had no previous record except for a small possession charge - would always read the newspaper articles afterwards to see what they would publish - found an article that plotted all the bank robberies and where they happened; heat scores where people hit often so he went to places that weren’t heat scores - his need for money came from his involvement with drugs Nobody Does it in Gucci Shoes Anymore (p. 120) - 20 year old from upper middle class background robbed banks wearing a suit, tie, and Gucci shoes and boasted that he committed his exploits in style His story (explanation of M.O. and style) - comfortable in a suit, allows you to blend in downtown - man in a suit looks professional and like he knows what he’s doing (mislead people) - robbed banks downtown where there was lots of cashflow and it was busy, usually where there were underground passages and lots of stores so there were lots of people in suits - did robbery with grace and ease so others would be at ease and then walked out (casual) - fairly good appearance meant police are less likely to notice you - makes it harder for police to identify you b/c many people wear suits Give Me My Money (p. 129) - 30 year old solo gunman; serving 16 years for 16 robberies - fired shot in bank during last one; car chase and got stuck at a road block - fired shot b/c teller refused to give him money; felt like the money was already his - once he made a plan it felt like it was done and that the money was his 3 SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings - would give himself 45s and if he didn't have the money he would leave, started getting more sure of himself though - firing the shot was his mistake, everyone started running and it took 4 - 5 mins for him to get the money and then he got caught Go Boy (p. 132) - Roger Caron author of Go Boy describes dynamics involved when serious, old-style 1960s Montreal bank robbers would plan a heist - sit around and discuss it, know each persons capabilities - no leader, attitude is serious and there’s mutual respect - everyones contributions and rules depending on their experience and expertise Travelling Salesman (p. 135) - age 47, convicted of robbing 49 banks; always polite and dressed in a suit, passed note to tellers indicating he was armed and then drove away in a car - went from city to city and province to province to evade police (did so for 2 and a half years) - lady took down his license plate # and he was later arrested in a hotel room - beggar bandit (notes); didn’t usually bring a gun but would sometimes wrap a toy gun in newspaper with only the end of it showing - got the idea from a movie - his wife left him for a millionaire and so he wanted to show that he could make money too - used to be a travelling salesman for office supplies; when he didn't make a sale he would rob a bank (rob the bank to pay the bank) - felt relieved after robbing a bank b/c he could pay the people he needed to pay - didn’t like it, only did it b/c he needed the money, always felt nervous before he did one - if the teller said no he would just walk out, always confident (optimist) - always told himself that it was the last one but he kept needing money so he kept going - did banks with exits close by so he could park and no one would see the car - got stopped at road blocks 6 times but police never expected him b/c he’s a salesman - would go to racetrack after and bet the money on horses to change it Young Offenders (p. 142) - age 19, robbed a bank with a partner, 2 weeks later returned and robbed the same bank, same day, same M.O, same getaway car; got caught b/c of the car 4 SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings - first did a robbery with a guy named Phil, almost got caught and split up (partner took money); partner later said he threw the money out of the car to distract the cops (lie) so he ended that partnership - Jules (new partner - age 15) was doing armed robberies and recruited him (first one went well) - had girls that they new from juvie hold a cab that was around the corner - only wanted to stay in the bank for a certain amount of time and then he would leave, sometimes left his partner b/c his partner was being too greedy - met another person (Augie) and he joined them; Augie would typically case out the bank and then he and Jules would do the robbery - liked the power feel; ‘everybody is in the palm of your hands and you’re the master’ - Jules spent the money faster (3 days) and so he and Augie would do them more frequently - typically calm during robberies but one time he got too hyped up and hit a teller hard - afraid to go back to Montreal in case the police interrogate him more about other robberies - Jules Interview: age 17 at time of arrest; one of 16 children and had moved from foster home to juvie for most of his life; estimates having committed over 50 robberies (began when he was 15); re-arrested 5 years after interview and sentenced to 15 years for 4 bank robberies - very hyper when he robbed banks, didn’t want to hold the gun b/c he was hyper; partner would hold the gun and he would hold the bag - not nervous, not thinking about money when in the bank - would yell / swear to terrify people and make them get on the ground - used nylon stockings; would put it on when they got inside the door; rolled up from under his chin to keep his eyelashes out of the way (perfected technique by practicing in his room) - said you can tell if a bank has been hit a lot b/c the tellers are calm and quiet - doesn’t like to push people but he’ll do it if he gets too hyped or a teller won’t open a till - embarrassed one time b/c he made an old lady scared Lone Wolf (p. 149) - age 21, serving 16 years on 8 counts of bank robbery; known as the wig bandit; arrested by police-surveillance squad on steps of bank after committing a robbery; suspected of having committed 75 bank hold ups over a 5 year period - always armed in case he walked out and there were police waiting; not to intentionally kill them but to fire a shot at their windshield to stop them - thought bank robbery was the quickest way to get cash (not sure where he got the idea) - did lots of crime when he was younger and got caught a lot 5 SOC 229 Case Studies from all Readings - tried to figure out why people got caught and determined that 70 - 80% of people in his area got caught b/c someone ratted on them so that’s why he decided to do it alone - would take stolen car and park it somewhere, then the next day drive to the stolen car, put disguise on and drive to bank in stolen car, rob it, drive back to his car and drive away - thought that doing it was the easiest part and getting away with it, the hardest - felt like going to a job - used different disguises, go in with his gun, and make sure everyone knew it was a robbery - made it clear that all he wanted was the money, had the tellers put it on the counter
More Less

Related notes for LS 229

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.