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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Labor Day Knucklehead Award Marathon Part Four

Our fourth winner today is Etni Ortiz. He gets the award for the following.

TAMPA - He told the teller not to do anything stupid.

Too bad the bank robber didn't take his own advice.

After he robbed a Bank of America on West Hillsborough Avenue last December, court records say, Etni Ortiz left his resume behind -- dropped it, actually, when the bank's dye pack exploded. Police found it outside the bank in a pile of dye-stained money. There were also photos, one of Ortiz. The picture, too, was stained with red dye.

Nine days later, Ortiz robbed First State Bank at 5700 Clark Road in Sarasota, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court.

That time, he gave the teller a note threatening to shoot if she did anything stupid. The teller gave him $1,860, and he fled.

Using surveillance photos, police determined Ortiz was the robber of both banks. They issued an alert.

On Jan. 9, the day after the Sarasota bank was robbed, the Florida Highway Patrol arrested Ortiz in St. Lucie County. He was driving an SUV that had been stolen in a Massachusetts carjacking in October. The owner of the vehicle told authorities Ortiz was the thief.

Inside the SUV, Tampa Police found a cap they say Ortiz wore during the second robbery. Beneath the rear passenger seat, they found paperwork stained with red dye.

They also found a note: "This is a robbery. Do not do anything stupid or I'll shoot you first. Give me all $100, $50, $20. No smoke bombs or I will shoot you."

They also found a suitcase stuffed with $1,969 in cash.

Ortiz pleaded guilty in May to two counts of bank robbery and one count of transporting a stolen vehicle.

This morning, U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced him to 8 1/2 years in federal prison to be followed by three years of probation.
Rob a bank and leave your resume behind. Etni Ortiz just doesn't deserve his prison sentence, he deserves to be our fourth Knucklehead of the Day.

Linked to- DragonLady, Rosemary, Third World County, The World According to Carl,

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