Our local newspaper in Fremont, California reported this story a few years back:
A really dumb crook got even dumber as the day wore on.
Thinking he could get a few extra bucks at the ATM, our crook walked up to a customer at the ATM in front of the bank. As the customer got his money from the machine, our brilliant thief demanded that the money be handed over to him. Instead of giving him the money, the customer bolted away from the machine and ran into the bank to report the crime.
The thief panicked and ran out into the parking lot and spoted a man sitting in his car in the parking lot.
"Give me all your money the thief growled."
"I only have ten dollars" said the frightened man who had yet to go into the bank. The thief emptied the man's wallet of two five dollar bills and raced out of the parking lot, knowing that surely by now the police had been notified.
He ran out into the street and flagged down a passing car. As the car came to a stop, the driver opened his window and our thief held out one of the five dollar bills telling the driver that he would give him the five dollars if he would give him a ride. The driver grabbed the money from his hands and sped away, leaving the thief standing in the middle of the street.
Finally he saw his one last hope. He spotted a city bus pull up to a nearby bus stop. He jumped on the bus convinced the he had finally put his problems behind him. Unfortunately, his antics were spotted by several bank customers and employees who kept the police informed as to his whereabouts. It didn't take the police very long to find the bus and give our hapless crook one last ride - to jail.