Everything is bigger in Texas, including the boldness of one thief’s brazen scheme to get himself a BMW.
Eric Dion Warren, 50, drove a car dealership loaner to a bank, robbed the bank and then drove back to the dealership to use the stolen money to buy a Beemer, federal prosecutors said in a press release.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the audacious crime Tuesday, officials said.
Warren pulled the stunt in 2019, driving the dealership car to a bank outside Lubbock.
There he put an empty fast food restaurant bag and a note on the counter, the feds said.
The note read: “This is a f—— robbery. Play with me and die. I want $10,000 in 50 and 100 dollar bills now you got 1 minute or I will kill you.”
Warren then pulled out what looked like a handgun and said, “I ain’t playing around, I only want 100s and 50s,” according to the release.
The teller filled the fast food bag with cash — including a bundle of 20s with recorded serial numbers, prosecutors told the court.
Warren then drove the $5,086 haul back to the car dealership, where he had been in the process of buying a black BMW.
“Mr. Warren began waving the cash that he had illegally obtained from the bank robbery at employees in the car dealership,” prosecutors said.
The fraudulent financing quickly went south for Warren, when authorities called the car dealership 15 minutes later and informed workers about the getaway car with dealer plates, prosecutors said.
Police arrived at the dealership and found Warren in possession of the traceable cash and a pellet gun painted to look like a real weapon.
Warren plead guilty to federal bank robbery in August, according to prosecutors.