Heist suspect stopped to bum cigarette

October 8, 2013 7:10:11 AM PDT
A bank robbery suspect was nervous when a construction worker saw him throw his shirt in a trash container on Friday- but not so harried that he didn't stop to bum a cigarette, police said.

Acting Ambridge Police Chief Sgt. James Mann said that Paul Carman, 36, gave a Huntingdon Bank teller a note saying, "This is a robbery. No dye packs. No alarms," about 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Beaver County Times reports. Carman also apologized to the teller.

Police gave a construction worker and others near the bank a description of the robber, and the worker told the newspaper that a man matching the description stopped by a moment later and asked for a cigarette. When the suspect was told that police were looking for someone wearing a cap and a blue shirt, Carman allegedly threw those items into a nearby trash container.

Police caught up with Carman, who was also wanted for violating his parole in a 2008 bank robbery, later that day.