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Ornery Cab Driver Busts Bank Robber by Just Being Himself

If you've ever barfed in a cab, you know that there are some things that, surprisingly, will actually make a driver pull over and kick you out. (If you've ever had sex in a cab, you know that there are some things that, surprisingly, won't make a driver pull over and kick you out. Also, you're disgusting.) Two weeks ago, a cabbie's anger at a messy passenger ended up stopping a pair of bank robbers mid-crime spree. From the Post:

On Feb. 3, the duo allegedly robbed a Banco Popular on Second Avenue and East 23rd Street, sources said, but the teller slipped a dye pack into the moneybag given to [robber John Gregg]. "When [Gregg] hopped into the cab, the dye pack exploded, and the cabdriver didn't want to go," said Johnny Yauri, a maintenance man who witnessed the comic scene. Gregg, he said, "got out of the cab, and the money fell out of his coat. The guy was really nervous and just started running down the street."


Gregg's accomplice, Robert Krieg, screamed at the cabbie to open the trunk, where the pair had a couple of suitcases, one of which included identification. The driver would not, and the pair were eventually busted after tips from other cabbies whose taxis had been used as getaway vehicles. See, passengers? They are paying attention to you.

Bank robbers use getaway taxis [NYP]

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