In what some may think was a strange turn of events, a thief who used to rob branches of the Bradford and Bingley Building Society prior to the credit crunch turned the act of robbery on its head today.
Well known, disrespected, unemployed yet reformed Halifax thief and conman, Robin Banks, had been sent to his local branch of the Bradford and Bingley Building Society by his local JobCentrePlus with the promise of a safe job.
He arrived at the branch, pulled his black tights over his head, and walked in, forgetting that he was there to work and not to rob the joint.
However, as he arrived, the distraught staff were counting out the last of their pennies from the petty cash tin in an effort to return savings to customers.
Mr Banks immediately, yet politely told the queue of savers, under gunpoint, to deposit all their money and belongings into the Society instead of withdrawing further funds.
The manager of the branch, Melvyn Pigstrough, was said to be delighted. He said: "I am delighted".
The branch had taken in close to £26,000 by close of business thanks to Robin Banks.