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Man pleads guilty in botched bank robbery

Updated: 2013-05-23T04:34:19Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

Even rudimentary planning is an essential ingredient for the successful bank robbery.

But amateurs still try.

Case in point: Martron E. Bailey, who pleaded guilty in Kansas City federal court Wednesday to his role in the botched robbery attempt of the UMB Bank at 6400 Independence Ave. on Nov. 6.

Bailey, 26, was dressed in a subdued orange construction helmet and a bright safety vest when he and an alleged accomplice surprised an employee coming to work about 7:20 a.m., according to federal court records.

Bailey demanded that the employee open the bank, but she replied — truthfully — that someone inside was watching on a security monitor, an affidavit stated.

“Can she see me now?” Bailey asked.

“Yes. She’s not going to open the door,” the employee responded, according to court records.

“So we need to leave?” Bailey asked.

“Yes, you do,” the employee said.

Bailey and his alleged accomplice fled through some bushes, back toward the getaway car, which was parked about two blocks away.

With sirens going off near the bank, a nearby resident began snapping photos of two suspicious men jogging toward a car, capping the series with a clear photo of the license plate.

Bailey’s name was on the car title.

U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips set sentencing for Sept. 12 on an aiding-and-abetting charge.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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