KIMT reporter Adam Sallet stood outside Sterling State Bank in Rochester, Minnesota, Tuesday to report on a robbery committed the previous day. But as murder mysteries and TV crime dramas have taught us, the suspect always returns to the scene of the crime.
"Just 24 hours ago, this bank in…" Sallet starts to say live on-air, pointing at the building behind him. And then we see what appears to be a bank employee run toward the crew and point to someone off camera. "What?" says Sallet, "Oh that's the robber!"
Sallet does next what we all would have done in a breaking news situation: "Uhhhh," he said. "This is live TV folks, that's the robber, just went by, according to the bank…employees. So, I gotta go here and call 911. I'll talk to ya later." And then Sallet dashes off.
According to the Post-Bulletin, the suspected thief had returned Tuesday to rob the bank again, and was caught by police about an hour later. Police had identified him by a lucky outfit:
He was wearing what investigators believe was a green sweatshirt with "Get Lucky" and a four-leaf clover on the front. The sweatshirt is associated with a half-marathon that's run up in the Twin Cities, Sherwin said. The man also wore a black and gray stocking cap and black gloves.
The bank said in a statement that "Sterling State Bank is thankful that none of our employees were harmed during the robberies that took place at our North Rochester office. We are also grateful for the fast, professional response from law enforcement in arresting a suspect in these robberies."
Live TV, folks. Couldn't be better.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.