TEXAS MONTHLY NABS BANK ROBBER

If you’d just robbed a bank, would you take a seat in the lobby and begin flipping through magazines? Paul Wendell Gunn did:

You can’t read the article on the Austin American-Statesman‘s site without registering, so I’ll save you the trouble:

Police arrest man they say robbed bank, then read magazines

Man remained in bank while others evacuated.

By Katie Humphrey
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, May 26, 2006

ROUND ROCK – Paul Wendell Gunn walked into the First State Bank late Thursday morning, handed the teller a note demanding cash and collected an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

But instead of fleeing the bank at 505 E. Palm Valley Blvd., police said, the 62-year-old Gunn sat down on a lobby couch and began reading magazines – including a Texas Monthly issue featuring the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on the cover.

Everyone evacuated the bank as police surrounded the building shortly after 11 a.m., said Round Rock police spokesman Eric Poteet. Police closed a section of U.S. 79. And about an hour later, the SWAT team entered the bank and arrested Gunn without incident, Poteet said. No one was hurt.

Gunn, who did not have a weapon, will probably be charged with robbery, Poteet said.

“This is one of the more unusual bank robberies we’ve encountered,” Poteet said. “He was calmly sitting on a couch reading a magazine, as strange as that may sound.” …

If I worked at TM, I’d make Gunn the mascot of the magazine, have Evan do a Q&A with him, the whole shebang. But I don’t work at TM. Brian D. Sweany, got your ears on, good buddy?

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