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Police: Teen robs bank, posts video

By Claes Bell ·
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Posted: 5 pm ET

In movies and television, bank robbers are often portrayed as criminal masterminds who carefully plan and execute elaborate heists that leave barely a trace behind.

In real life, it doesn't always work out that way. Bank robbers rarely make off with the vast sums of money portrayed in movies, and they sometimes do not-so-smart things like record video of themselves bragging about their crime and then post it to YouTube, as one Nebraska teen allegedly did last week.

Hannah Sabata, age 19, is accused of robbing Cornerstone Bank in Waco, Neb., making off with $6,000 in cash. A few hours later, she allegedly posted a video on YouTube giving details of the heist.

From Nick Bilton of The New York Times:

Sheriff Radcliff said that Ms. Sabata had been identified as a suspect by her ex-husband. She sent him a text message, the sheriff said, bragging that she "had a pile of money after robbing a bank and asking if he wanted to go get a new tattoo with her."

The authorities said Ms. Sabata posted the video, titled "Chick Bank robber," from her messy bedroom at her parents' house. She was wearing the same clothes she had worn during the bank robbery, according to the sheriff: a pink and white striped T-shirt and black jeans.

A brief text description of the holdup was attached to the video: "I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I'm rich, I can pay off my college financial aid and tomorrow i'm going for a shopping spree."

This incident illustrates an often-overlooked benefit of doing most of your banking online or on a smartphone: a much smaller chance you'll be in a bank branch when a robbery takes place.

Now it's unlikely that even someone who goes to a bank branch every day will get caught up in a bank robbery. But a combination of a relatively small payoff and very high risk suggests bank robberies aren't going to be perpetrated by the sharpest folks out there. If they're armed, there seems to be a nontrivial chance they'll hurt someone out of fear or sheer incompetence.

After all, if Sabata did in fact rob a bank and post a video about it publicly, the idea of someone with her judgment waving a gun around is truly terrifying.

What do you think? Do you ever worry about being caught in a bank branch during a robbery?

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January 30, 2013 at 3:01 am

Let's see, she has an EX-husband @ 19, no money, but now that she has robbed a bank she is going to pay off her college loan. Is there ANYONE out there who believes she spent any of that loan money on GOING TO COLEGE? I am all for getting the crazy out of your system while you are young, but jail time seems unlikely to be the cure for anything.

One thing though, she has that republican trait of ignoring reality and living in a world that fits her needs..... She just needs to get elected to congress.

Matt the Hauler
January 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Im going to make a wild guess that she is a liberal. Just a wild guess

January 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I'd put money on her having bipolar disorder (and being stupid.)

January 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

@J So true!! $6,000 and your rich.

January 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

What a 19 year old move..LOL! She's rich because she has $6000.00!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

January 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

This is the first time I've ever thought about it. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is part life if it happens. Losing one second of sleep or sharing productive thoughts with such negative thing is not for me. Random citizens with guns scare me though. They all have level heads?

January 06, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Its bad news coverage to state the amount gained in a robbery. It puts people in danger no matter if the information was given voluntarily

January 05, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Yes, I'm always concerned about being caught up in someone's stupid behavior, that's why I legally carry a concealed firearm at all times.

Mikhail Antonovich
January 03, 2013 at 1:32 am

Simply a product of a (federally assisted/mandated) failed public ecuation. Has nothing to do with a gun. A plastic PVC pipe bomb made out of Drain-O and other household ingredients would have had the same effect....of threatening to stain the underwear of anyone so faint-hearted. People get killed by lightning, too....but are much much much more likely to die in an automobile accident, yet such faint-hearted people seem to miss such rationale as it is much much much less likely to get them the attention they seem to be seeking without admitting that need for anyone, including themself.

Normal gun owners think of hunting and target shooting when they think of guns. Gun control freaks (and maybe a few products of our federally interfered with public education system), when thinking of guns, think of killing people and other acts of violence against the human race. With such rationale, what they fail to grasp or is they who need to be controlled....not guns.

Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber didn't use a gun once, not a bullet fired......yet thousands died in one of those cases. How silly a thought that gun control would make one more safe in a real world. More people probably died in Hurricane Sandy than in ALL bank robberies. Maybe we should pass "Hurricane control" legislation. After all, the anti-drug laws seem to be so was alcohol prohibition.

The only thing gun control laws will to make honest people unarmed targets for criminals (and a criminal government) that such laws will have absolutely no affect on.

If one believes that gun control will otherwise be effective..... I challenge them to post a sign in their front yard in large readable letters stating "A Non-Gun Owner lives here". Show us just how much you actually believe in what you espouse.

December 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

If she can pay off a student loan AND go on a shopping spree with 6000.00, she must have signed up for some pretty cheap classes. Obviously, you get the education you pay for ...