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Ventura County Star: Amateur criminals

A robber walked into a Chicago bank and handed the teller a threatening note -- misspelled -- demanding cash and walked off with $400. But he left behind the note, written on his pay stub containing his name and home address.

We're going to be reading more stories like that because, in a recession, bank robberies and property crimes in general go up.

New York City had five bank robberies last Monday, a spike attributed to the holidays and the recession. The recession also seems to be attracting inept amateurs to the field of crime.

In the Washington, D.C., area, where property crimes are rising while violent crimes are falling, Roberto Hylton, acting police chief of suburban Prince George's County, told The Washington Post that he suspects the recession is pushing otherwise lawful people to the brink.