CRIME: One Bag of Cash, Please

One Bag of Cash, Please

Crooked savings-and-loan executives are not the only ones running off with loot these days. Old-fashioned stickup men are doing pretty well too. Bank robberies in the U.S., which declined during the first half of the 1980s, increased to 6,691 last year, a 23% rise from 1985. Unfortunately, crime often pays. Of $50 million taken from banks last year, only 20% has been recovered. The most common technique is the tried-and-true "note job," in which a robber simply hands a threatening note to the teller.

California is the bank-robbery capital of America, with Florida and New York as runners-up. In New York...

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