HR Strange But True!
September 23, 2003

An employee of a Jiffy Lube garage in Chapel Hill, N.C., says it was a prank played by his boss that got them both arrested on charges related to a bank robbery.

Richard Joseph Seevers, 19, and three other employees went to the bank to cash their paychecks. There, Seevers gave a note to a teller. It contained a demand for money and mentioned a weapon. The teller handed over a bag containing cash, and the four left. Police quickly found them in the bank's parking lot, making no attempt to escape.

Police later determined that the note had been written by the men's supervisor, Terence Rodriquez Ingram, according to police spokeswoman Jane Cousins. And one of the men who accompanied Seevers to the bank, Ron Nagele, told the News & Observer newspaper that Ingram had instructed Seevers not read it.

"At the time, I think he meant to get the note back," Nagele said. "Around the same time, the assistant manager called Ingram over. He was kind of sidetracked from getting the note back."

Seevers must have believed the note contained a request for coin wrappers or change, Nagele speculated. And nothing appeared amiss to the group until a dye pack inside the money back went off as they walked away from the bank, he said.

"It was just like smoke started coming out of the box, and I said, 'Man, drop that box. There's money in it,' " Nagele recalled for the newspaper. "I went around front to go into the bank, to let them know it was a mistake, but it was too late. They had the doors locked and (had) the blinds pulled. We started hearing the sirens go off, and I said, 'We better wait here, until the police get here.' "

Seevers is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ingram is charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery. A magistrate found no probable cause to charge the other men, according to Cousins, who would not comment on Nagele's version of events.

Source: The News & Observer of Raleigh, NC

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