Bank robber busted while counting cash outside: FBI

A robbery suspect who couldn’t wait to tally up his ill-gotten proceeds was arrested this week outside a bank in Alaska, moments after giving a teller a note with his real name and birthdate, authorities said.

Michael Gale Nash was taken into custody by police in Anchorage a “few minutes” after leaving First National Bank Alaska with $400 in a bag on Tuesday, the Anchorage Daily News reports. And cops didn’t have to look very far to collar their man, according to the FBI.

“It’s my understanding he was sitting outside the bank counting his money when police arrived,” Staci Feger-Pellessier, an FBI spokeswoman in Alaska, told the newspaper.

Minutes earlier, Nash entered the bank with a large backpack at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to charging documents filed Wednesday in US District Court in Anchorage.

“This is a hold up,” the note read. “Please put the money they want in the bag. God help us!!!”

The note was scribbled on the back of a form for affordable housing in the continental US that also had Nash’s personal information on it. No weapons were used during the alleged heist, Feger-Pellessier said.

“This is probably the quickest [apprehension] in recent history, at least locally for Anchorage,” she told the newspaper.

Nash later confessed to the robbery, according to a criminal complaint. He has prior convictions for stealing personal property in 1993 and forgery in 2000. He also received a court-martial in 1996 for distributing drugs, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI investigator.

A spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office in Alaska said the office could neither confirm nor deny that Nash was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the heist.

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