But today there has been a development, and the story is all over the front page like so much UV-sensitive spray. It seems like, for once, the New Zealand Herald may have encouraged the commission of a crime!
Clearly, the robber read the Herald and, wanting to avoid the daubing that was to come his way, raised his umbrella at the point of impact. Did the Herald inadvertently tip him off?
The banks boost their defences against robberies ... and the criminals hit back.
On Friday, the Herald reported the BNZ's introduction of a device which marks robbers with a traceable spray as they flee.
On the same day, a robber walked into a BNZ branch in Glenfield carrying an umbrella.
It was raining, but the robber opened the umbrella fully only as he entered the bank.
Thus, once again, the Herald finds itself at the centre of events and, as they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity. At the very least, the robber has bought himself a copy of the Herald (unless he stole that too).
The Herald reported BNZ's introduction of SelectaDNA spray units, which shoot a synthetic solution over robbers that can be traced to specific banks.
Detective Sergeant Craig McCormack said the man had "obviously gone all out to forensically avoid any contamination and disguise himself", and it was extremely coincidental the "brolly technique" was used the same day as the report.
That is, unless you actually keep reading the article:
BNZ spokeswoman Dee Crooks doubted the man had read the report, saying it was not uncommon for bank robbers to hide under umbrellas.Ah. In fact, if the robber did see last week's front page exclusive, then he would best use his prison time on basic reading comprehension.
BNZ is installing spray units at its doors to douse fleeing robbers in a "synthetic DNA solution" that glows blue under ultraviolet light.The thinking here seems to be along these lines - either:
- the bank activates the spray module when staff see a robber about to enter the premises, or
- the sprayer runs constantly, coating everyone who enters the bank in a UV-sensitive ink that remains on their skin for over a week, so the robber will be covered in ink and all the police have to do is... oh.