This is not the beginning of a joke, however, it is the beginning of a bizarre story. On Monday, 1/28/08, at 9 a.m. the employees of RBC Centura bank, located at 743 Main St. in Wetumpka opened the doors for business. The first customer had been waiting in his truck for several minutes for the bank to open. When he walked to the teller he told her to give him all the money. He needed it because his family was being held hostage. Apparently, the cheaper grades of "crack" inhibit your creative forces. The man left in his white Chevy truck with an "undisclosed amount of cash". That short story has some drawing power because of the "my family is being held hostage" element. But what gives the story enough punch to land on my blog is the timing. At 8:54 a.m. on Monday, 1/28/08, I parked my mail truck right next to this nutcase and walked to the door, knocked, and waited to hand the mail to the employee with mahogany-colored hair. I walked back by his truck and gave a wave as he seemed to be reading something and went on my merry way. That is why, when Lee, the UPS guy asked me about 30 minutes later if I had robbed that bank, I did not know what he was talking about. I just admitted that I did because the USPS does not pay nearly as well as UPS and kept trucking. Only this morning when I heard the description of the vehicle did I realize that I had parked next to the dude. You would think that would be enough "it's a small world after all" element to this story. But nooooo, there is more. The photos of the guy that were shown on the evening news last night (I missed it because I was up a tree next to Chubbahatche Creek) were so clear that the man was instantly identified and turned in via the Secret Witness hotline. He was arrested this morning in Eclectic, according to Chief Ledbetter of the Eclectic Police. It is hard for me to say "Chief Ledbetter" because, to me, he still seems like Mal, the softball player.
So here is the really short version; I drove from my Montgomery home to work in Wetumpka. At my first stop on the mail route, I parked next to a guy who (6 minutes later) robbed the bank. Less than 24 hours later the thief was arrested by a man I have known for 35 years.
It is a small world.