Teenager robs bank, is caught hours later after buying new gaming system

19-year-old from Colorado now faces a string of felony charges.

A 19-year-old man from Colorado robbed a Wells Fargo Bank last Wednesday, only to be discovered and arrested just hours later after buying a new gaming system at Wal-Mart, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Canon City Daily Record.

Tyler Matthew Schnapp handed a bank teller a folded piece of paper that explained he was robbing the bank, informing the teller to give him money from the cash drawer. She complied, and Schnapp made off with around $1,300.

Unfortunately for Schnapp, his face was captured on the Wells Fargo Bank surveillance tape and authorities were able to identify and nab him during a traffic stop. He confessed to the robbery at the bank and to bringing a BB gun with him. According to the affidavit, Schnapp was feeling "down on his luck" after he lost his job. He only decided to rob the bank that morning.

There's no mention in the report as to which gaming system Schanpp purchased at Wal-Mart on the day of the robbery. With $1,300, he could have purchased an Xbox One ($500), PlayStation 4 ($400), and a Wii U ($300). He now faces allegations of aggravated robbery, felony menacing with a deadly weapon, and criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery. All are felonies.

Earlier this week at a Wal-Mart in North Carolina, two thieves stole thousands of dollars' worth of video games.

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210 comments
masato_indou
masato_indou

I'm surprised they didn't blame video games(GTA) for this one :D

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

you mean he didnt even try to conceal his identity? my head hurts. ...and yes i know i replied to my own comment, so what.

Trender_man
Trender_man

should of listened to Lester and gone for the jewelry store 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Robbed a bank for $1,300... If the rest of the story wasn't stupid enough, that's just plain pointless.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

19 years old and worried about job opportunities? Damn. What have we come to.

podgida
podgida

@Dieknochenblume  worse yet, he's 19 years old and loses his job. Worried about money he robs a bank. Instead of applying said money to pay bills; he buys a gaming system.

blackothh
blackothh

dumbass

He could have, you know, maybe went to get an application for walmart instead.

csward
csward

Wow he committed a felony for a measly $1300. Not too bright. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

I bet it was an X.bone cause no one's actually gonna buy X.bone now before that Kinect-less bundle in June. It made him more suspicious.

Ceclor
Ceclor

Well, I'd say the kid has an all together new problem now besides unemployment: being anal retentive.

lostn
lostn

"There's no mention in the report as to which gaming system Schanpp purchased at Wal-Mart on the day of the robbery. With $1,300, he could have purchased an Xbox One ($500), PlayStation 4 ($400), and a Wii U ($300)."

Hope it wasn't a Wii U. Not worth going to jail for a Wii U.

tom2750
tom2750

@lostn  a WII U is more worth it then an Xbox one so far the WII U has the best exclusives of any current gen system

bourne714
bourne714

BB Gun....now considered a deadly weapon.lol

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

The sad part is, you get the same prison sentence for a BB gun as you would a real gun. This kid has a bad case of the stupid.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

lol who wants nxtgen now?? weakest game lineup EVER!!!

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

losing your job, rob a bank and buy gaming system. go use that money to find a new job or help your life instead of wasting it

lostn
lostn

@yellowsanchez Or get a job if you don't have one, and spend the time you would have been behind bars WORKING instead, and pay for the thing yourself.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Poor Schnapp, should have practised with GTAV before making the $1300 heist. Oh, almost forgot he needed a new console for that. :-P 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

A. *practiced

B. You don't need a new console to play GTAV.

3. Keep your job at the drive thru sport, because you're just one notch away from this guy.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

If you just lost your job, and rob a bank, why would you use the money to buy a game console, rather than paying your bills, or buying food?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

If you read the article, you'd know nothing he did was planned out or necessary.

Metamania
Metamania

@RicanV @Maverick6585 No, it wasn't. Any person that decides to do something stupid on their own thinking has to be pretty dumb. This kid made the choice and now he's gonna pay for it with some prison time.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@Maverick6585  He's 19 and just robbed a bank. I'm not sure his decision making was the best.

STARKKASH
STARKKASH

All that for Gaming System.... He Could have asked His Parents.....


Why Robbing??? What The Hell Was he thinking??? I have no Idea... 0_o

$1300 This Amount Proves he must have bought high Class PC...Maybe....

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@STARKKASH  No this guy clearly doesn't have any sense, of course he's not going to buy a PC.

hardeddie
hardeddie

No respawning in real life mate. Dont drop the soap!

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

"There's no mention in the report as to which gaming system Schanpp purchased at Wal-Mart on the day of the robbery. With $1,300, he could have purchased an Xbox One ($500), PlayStation 4 ($400), and a Wii U ($300)."


Did they just try to turn this into a console war?  Go somewhere GameSpot.

wexorian
wexorian

He bought x one that's why he get arrested not because of robbery ;))

jlblake76
jlblake76

See, this is why people get jobs, so they don't have to do dumb crap like this!

Now after he gets out, it's gonna be hard for him to get one!

Think ahead of time people!

skiggy34
skiggy34

NOW THATS YOU'RE DEFINITION OF A REAL GAMER!!! LOL

ghost59
ghost59

how does one rob a bank with out think " hey i need a mask or something to hide my face"

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@ghost59 It's just like a normal bank robbery where you did think about that, except you go to jail much sooner!

pezzott1
pezzott1

So lack of games make people violent...???

this all could be avoided if he had at least one console.

Black_Man85
Black_Man85

@pezzott1 and here I thought Mortal Kombat made me violent when I was a kid.  That's what the gov't told me.

ghost59
ghost59

hahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahahahahah how stupid can people be?