Bank Theft Suspect Applies For Job With Police, Gets Arrested

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Well, what did he think was going to happen? An Arizona man who had been sought by police since October 2016 for stealing money from a bank where he once worked was arrested when he attempted to get a job as a police dispatcher.

Alberto Saavedra Lopez, 32, was reported to the Cottonwood Police Department by Bank of America amid claims that he stole $5,000 over a three-month period between July and September, KMOV reported. He promptly quit his job and moved to Phoenix in an effort to hide from the theft allegations.

An arrest warrant was ultimately written up and charges were filed with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, but Lopez remained off the radar, refusing to answer any phone calls or take any other measures to resolve the outstanding problem.

It wasn’t until Lopez applied for a job as a police dispatcher with the Cottonwood Police Department that officials tracked him down, performing a background check only to find that he had an active warrant.

They hatched a plan that saw them devise a fake job interview, and when Lopez arrived hoping to make a good impression, he was instead arrested – ouch. Believe it or not, he did not get the job, with Cottonwood police stating in a press release that he was “out of the running for employment with the police department.”

A note to all current and future fugitives: turn yourself in, but if you decide to live on the run, maybe don’t try to get hired by the same people who are trying to put you behind bars.

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