No robbery charge for would-be thief

A man down on his luck who set out to rob a Greenwood bank is facing a charge of intimidation and can’t be charged with robbery, the prosecutor said.

That’s because a robbery wasn’t a robbery when the would-be robber gave up and surrendered himself when the bank teller started crying, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Brownsville resident Steven Thau, 55, has been charged with intimidation, not robbery, for his abandoned effort to rob a bank in Greenwood this month.

Police said Thau was a recently unemployed pipe fitter who had been sleeping in his car when he decided to walk into the Chase Bank near Main Street and Emerson Avenue and jotted down a note demanding money. He lost his nerve when the teller started shaking and crying, so he told her to set off the alarm and that he wasn’t going to hurt anybody.


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