Former Bank Robber Explains How He Robbed More Than 100 Banks Before Surrendering To Police

In a span of two years, Cain Vincent Dryer robbed more than 100 banks before handing himself in to the cops. 

We all know what bank robberies in movies look like, but Dyer’s robberies between 1999 and 2001 were not carried out by a stereotype criminal.

‘For anyone out there that is watching this and you think you’re going to go commit bank robberies the way I did or I’m telling you in here, you are going to find yourself in jail. Leave bank robbery alone,’ he said.

In a recent video for the Insider, Dyer explains the step-by-step process of robbing a bank (back in the days that is).

‘One of the things that I would do initially when I walk into a bank is walk in and go straight to the merchant teller. Because I always knew that the merchant teller would more than likely have the most amount of currency,’ he said.

Image: Cain Vincent Dryer/Twitter

He went on to say that people putting their hands in the air is not a good option, as those who pass by on the outside would easily notice them. After that, he would

 ‘read the temperature of the room… it would let me see if the people were either very compliant or very slow to move or if they seem nervous and scared’.

‘Then I would kind of tailor how I would express myself after that, trying to be more calming. And, unfortunately, if things were moving kind of slower, I would probably be a little bit more aggressive to the overall crowd. Checking the temperature, doing that one teller, that one merchant teller, I knew if I decided not to go in the vault, that I would still have a reasonable outcome for the payday,’ he said.

Image: Independent

The pro bank robber also took time to think about the location of the bank, and how it had to be near multiple interstates, as well as the traffic situation and the weather. 

‘I took probably, I don’t know, a few weeks, a month off, and just taught myself everything about banks. At that time, got in a hole of all different types of bank manuals, employee manuals, employee guides, everything. Safes, lock safes, time vaults,’ he explained.

‘During my bank robberies, as far as attire would go, I would just always try and fit in in whatever element was present. It was always pretty much just dressing down, you know, jeans, a jacket, trying not to stand out too much,’  he went on to say, adding that he used Krazy glue to protect his hands.

He also said that police normally respond within three to five minutes, adding that it’s not just a movies thing.

‘So I would park across the street or in some direction where I wasn’t alone, standing out by myself, my car wasn’t the only one. And I always used a car that would fit in… I always gave myself enough space to get away and then kind of disappear,’ Dryer said.

‘As soon as I’m in my car and my mascara’s off, I turn on my radio, roll down my windows, take off my hat, and I’m singing. I’ve got music on. Cops pass me. I’m looking at them, they’re looking at me, because what they’re actually looking for is the guy that’s not looking at them. Listen, when a bunch of cops roll past you, or even fire trucks, what do we all do? We all look. So the one guy they’re looking for is the guy who won’t look at them,’ he continued.

Dryer surrendered as he came to realize that sooner or later he would get caught. 

‘When my consciousness started to awaken again, I think I can no longer hide behind the life and death, imminent danger that was there before,’ he revealed.

Over the years, he has tried to atone for his sins.

‘I did not understand back in that time, the psychological tolls that the victims suffered. The heavy cost I was having others pay to get out of the situation I was in… I’ve worked with victims,’ Dryer said.

‘I’ve worked with ex-offenders. And, hopefully, any victim that suffered at my hands and because of my actions, you know, maybe they can take some comfort in knowing that today, I actually, you know, I’ve tried to wrong that,’ he added.

For Insider’s video, please click below.

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