Clay Tumey claims he has robbed more banks than he can count, and he never used a gun. He did however carry a concealed hammer strapped to his leg. After serving 4 years in prison Clay is sharing information we can draw from. After serving his time, Clay held a number of Q&A sessions as part of his repentance, and paid full restitution to the banks he robbed. The Q&A is informative.
On Cameras Q: Did you know the placement of the cameras and how to avoid them? Clay: Of course they had cameras. But then what? Nobody knew me. What good does it do to know; only having a face and basic description?
On Mantraps Q: Did the banks you robbed not have the double security doors? Clay: I almost got caught in those doors on my last one. I got out within seconds of them locking them. I was very fortunate.
Internet Reference Q: Did you have a mentor of sorts that you learned from? Clay: Only the Internet. I studied countless reports of other robberies that had gone wrong and people who were caught.
On Confrontation Q: Would you have harmed someone if you found yourself in a position between that and getting caught? Clay: That depends on the situation. If it was just some random guy trying to be a hero, I would have probably gone to any extreme necessary to get away because that’s a challenge. On the other hand, if it was a cop or a security guard of some sort, I would have probably let them win. Probably.
On Reporting Q: According to this you robbed a bank in the town I live in right now. Why the **** did I not hear about a bank robbery? Clay: Because it wasn’t newsworthy, and banks don’t exactly want people know their locations are susceptible to bank robbery.
Takeaways… 1) Robbers case banks, so banks need to send a message that their site is not easy pickings. 2) Be concerned that a robber will do what it takes to get way, including harming those around him. 3) Even though he was unarmed, the metal detector in a Safety Entrance® would have kept Clay from entering and sent him on his way. 4) Having a guard may be a deterrent.