April 18, 2011

Philicia Barbieri - Teacher Fails Bank Robbery 101

Pittsburgh, PA (The Weekly Vice) - Philicia Barbieri, a 24-year-old science teacher and her live-in boyfriend were jailed Friday after completely failing at an alleged attempted bank robbery.

According to police, Carter entered Fifth-Third Bank wearing a gray coat, skull cap and sunglasses before handing the teller a note that demanded "Give me $2,000 or I'll shoot you. No Dye Packs."

The teller reportedly handed Carter $3,640 and Carter fled the bank through a back door where Barbieri was waiting for him.

The couple's plan began to fall apart from the beginning, since one of the bank tellers recognized Carter when he walked in. It's not an overly amazing coincidence since the couple had just recently closed an account they had at the same bank.

Bank employees quickly furnished police with Carter's information - including a copy of his photo I.D..

After fleeing the bank, Investigators say Carter handed Barbieri $1,440 to hold in her purse while stuffing the remaining money into his coat pocket. During their escape, Carter reportedly discarded the coat in a high traffic area, forgetting that he had stashed the money in the coat's pocket.

The coat and the money has not been recovered.

Police caught up to the couple a short time later in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Obama School.

The couple admitted to the robbery attempt, explaining that they were desperate for money because they were addicted to heroin and had fallen several months behind on rent.

Barbeiri and Carter were booked into the Allegheny County Jail on charges of robbery and criminal conspiracy

Barbieri is also facing theft charges after she allegedly admitted to stealing 15 laptop computers from the school she previously taught at. She allegedly admitted to the charges after school administrators confronted her with video surveillance that allegedly showed her swiping one of the laptops.

Barbeiri has been suspended with pay pending a hearing on the matter.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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