Criminal hires taxi to commit crime

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An accused bank robber is behind bars, having been arrested within an hour of perpetrating his crime. Authorities had little trouble locating 19-year-old Derrick Faria after he allegedly robbed a bank in Evansville, Ind., as he was unstealthily caught on surveillance video. What makes the case unusual was his means of getting to the scene of the crime.

In order to steal from the Fifth Third Bank on Thursday, Faria reportedly hired a taxi to travel to the bank from his home. He then allegedly committed his crime and returned to the same taxi to travel back home. He even paid for the ride with money from the heist.

From the Courier & Press: According to a probable cause affidavit, a uCabbi driver picked up Faria from his home on the 1600 block of West Missouri Street and took him to the bank shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

Evansville Police say he passed a teller a note that said “this is a robbery give me all your money” but did not show a weapon. The teller gave him cash.

After the robbery, Faria reportedly returned to the parking lot, got back in the uCabbi minivan and asked the driver to take him home.

The report continues: All the money taken during the robbery was recovered, police say, except $20 — the $14 for the cab fare and $6 tip for the driver.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Faria’s home and reported finding paraphernalia used to ingest synthetic drugs. 

No one was injured during the robbery or arrest. Faria is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Derrick Faria. Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

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