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FBI: Cary man's bank robbery note included name, address
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

Thomas Infante of Cary, shown here in a surveillance photo provided by the FBI, held up a Chicago bank Friday, then left behind a demand note written on his pay stub, authorities said.

 

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Published: 12/29/2008 1:12 PM | Updated: 12/29/2008 5:02 PM

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Authorities say a Cary man escaped a Chicago bank heist Friday with nearly $400 cash.

But he also left something behind: A pay stub listing his name and address.

Now Thomas Infante, 40, is facing a federal bank robbery charge alleging he held up the Fifth Third Bank at 4071 W. Lawrence Ave. by handing over a note implying he had a weapon and threatening harm if his demands were not met.

Infante, of the 0-100 block of Willow Circle, appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys in Chicago and ordered held without bond pending his next court appearance.

FBI agents arrested Infante in Cary after tracking him down with information he left at the scene.

According to an FBI affidavit filed Monday, Infante walked into the bank about 5:50 p.m. Friday and handed a teller a note reading, "Be Quick Be Quit (sic) Give your cash fast or I'll shoot."

After receiving $397 cash, the robber fled, leaving behind the note which had been written on the back of a pay stub that had been torn in half.

Investigators later discovered the other half of the pay stub, listing Infante's name and Cary address, just outside the bank's front doors "apparently discarded by Infante as he was fleeing," the FBI said.

The stub indicated Infante was paid $165.99 by Jewel Food Stores on Oct. 23, according to the affidavit.

FBI agents tracked down Infante in Cary, and he subsequently confessed to the robbery, the affidavit states.

FBI spokesman Ross Rice said it is not the first time a bank robber has left behind an obvious clue to his identity.

"We had a robber who wrote a demand on a deposit slip with his name on it and another who wrote on the back of an envelope that had his address on the other side," he said. "He's not the first to do this and probably won't be the last."

Infante is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the bank robbery charge.