Ravenna/Fri June 18/6:21 pm: Officer Weldon Boyland reports: "I arrived and contacted witness, who stated that she was at her teller window when a male walked up and slid across the counter a note that stated 'This is a robbery.' The witness stated that the suspect placed his hand on the note as he slid it across the counter, then slid the note back to himself keeping the note without touching the counter. Witness stated that she grabbed an unknown amount of currency from her drawer and handed it to the suspect. Witness stated that the suspect then walked out of the east entrance of the bank. There was no evidence left behind by the suspect. An area search for the suspect was negative. Video of the suspect was captured and sent to the robbery task force from the bank's security office in Alaska. No other teller inside the bank witnessed the incident, and there were no customers present. Possible latent prints were recovered from the teller counter along with a printed photo of the suspect and placed into evidence."
This must be how the majority of bank robberies happen: no words exchanged, no perspiration on the faces, no fear in the air, no real threat even in the wording of the note, no hesitation in the handing of the money, no struggle with a bold citizen or security guard, no chase down the sidewalk, no car chase down the freeway, no sirens, no exchange of bullets, no blood everywhere, no tragic deaths, no solemn arrests, no prison, no discovering Jesus behind bars, no redemption—no nothing but this silent and cautious sliding of the note. The entire drama of the robbery in this report is found only in this slick back-and-forth sliding: "The suspect placed his hand on the note as he slid it across the counter, then slid the note back to himself keeping the note without touching the counter." So smooth, so criminal. The suspect's only concern was to leave not a single trace—no prints, no note, no words. It's as if the robbery never happened.