Bank Robber Leaves a Tip
Firefighter turned criminal says he was off his medication
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2012 10:40 AM CDT
Jesus Ventura's mugshot.   (Dallas County Sheriff's Dept./CBS Dallas)

(Newser) – If you're going to go off your meds and become a bank robber, you might as well be polite about it. That's what Texas firefighter Jesus Ventura did this week. According to a federal complaint, Ventura, 37, walked into a Chase Bank on April 10, asked where the bathroom was, and then left. He returned a few minutes later and allegedly told the teller, "I hate to do this to you, but I need you to give me all your money," CBS DFW reports.

Once the teller had given him the money, Ventura slid a $20 bill under the glass and said, "Here is a tip for you." Ventura was later caught after allegedly attempting to rob a gas station. He had been on administrative leave from the Fire Department for the past month after he was arrested for shooting a gun in the station. On Wednesday he told a judge he has bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, and was off his medication, according to NBC 5.

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Apr 13, 2012 1:22 PM CDT
You can't go and steal those fiat promissory notes, you think the guvment can just print more, silly? I bet he would get less prison time for killing someone, DON'T fuck with the government's money, comprende?
Apr 13, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
I was disappointed with the picture of the guy. I was hoping it would be a mobbed up guy with a pinky ring and a gold watch, saying "Here's a little sumpin' for your help"
Apr 13, 2012 12:24 PM CDT
There's always good reason to be polite