The criminal requested a test drive before buying the luxury car and took the opportunity to use it in the robbery. Minutes later he returned to the agency with the loot to try to finalize the purchase of the BMW.
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Although anyone can come up with ingenious ideas to get the object of their dreams , this is one of the most daring. In America, a man asked for the typical test drive before buying a luxurious BMW . But instead of driving it around a bit and returning it, he took the opportunity to rob a bank . Then he went back to the agency to try to close the purchase with the loot money!
On Tuesday, Eric Dion Warren , now 50, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime, after pleading guilty to the robbery in August 2020, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas reported in a statement .
Eric Dion Warren. Image via Lubbock County Detention Center.
It all happened in June 2019, when Warren came up with going to a car dealer with the supposed intention of buying a BMW . As many clients do, the man asked to test the vehicle, to which the agency agreed.
So he drove to an AIM Bank branch in Wolfforth, Texas and committed the robbery. Eric Dion threatened one of the tellers with what looked like a gun, and demanded $ 10,000 in 100 and 50 bills.
About 15 minutes after the robbery, Warren returned to the dealership in the same borrowed black BMW and attempted to finalize the purchase, offering an employee $ 3,000 in cash as a down payment .
Just then, another agency employee received a phone call informing him of the recent robbery. They realized that the vehicle used in the robbery was the same one they loaned to Warren and notified the police .
Eric Dion Warren was arrested with a total of $ 5,086 (about 105,000 Mexican pesos) and a pellet pistol painted to look real.