If there would be a contest for the robbers caught in a stupid way, this guy would have a shot at the prize…
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) — A man the FBI dubbed the “bumbling bank robber” was convicted after investigators matched his DNA to the gold teeth knocked out when a van hit the fleeing suspect, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Charles Edward Jones was convicted of bank robbery Tuesday in U.S. District Court and faces up to life imprisonment, U.S. Attorney Marcos Jimenez said.
On September 30, 2002, Jones walked into a Wachovia Bank in Miami, pulled a gun from his pocket and robbed a teller of about $16,000, according to trial evidence.
As he ran out of the bank, he stuffed the gun into his waistband, accidentally firing it into his pants. The bullet missed him but when he stepped into the street he was hit by a van delivering school lunches in the area, investigators said.
Jones managed to stumble to a waiting car, leaving two gold teeth, his gun and hat lying in the street, prosecutors said. The FBI later matched DNA from the teeth with Jones’ DNA, proving he had been in the bank.
Jones was arrested a few days after the robbery at a Miami hotel, where agents found a sock full of money from the robbery stuffed into his trousers. The serial numbers from the recovered money matched the bills taken from the bank, Jimenez said.