'Polite' bank thief gets reduced charge for good manners

Posted Dec 3, 2011 by Kevin Fitzgerald
A man in Maryland who stole $3,500 from a bank has been allowed to enter a plea bargain for a reduced charge due to his politeness and non-violence during the holdup.
UPI reports that back on June 28, Franklin Keefer II walked into a Columbia Bank branch wearing a ski cap and dark sunglasses and politely announced to the bank that it was a holdup. He then asked a teller who was counting a stack of cash from a deposit if he could have the money.
Keefer was later arrested after bank employees recognized him as a customer, although the cash he took was never recovered.
He faced charges of robbery and theft in the amount of $1,000 to $10,000, but due to the details of the case, the robbery charge has been dropped as a result of the plea deal.
According to the Herald Mail, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said that in order for the robbery charge to have been upheld, the crime needed to involve the use of force or threat. Since neither of those were present and Keefer was unarmed during the incident, the defense was able to have the judge nullify the robbery charge.
Keefer entered an Alford plea to theft. The particular plea deal involves the defendant acknowledging that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction without admitting guilt.
Keefer was sentenced to 7 years in prison, with 2 1/2 years being suspended. He was credited with 154 days time served. He will also be placed on probation for 5 years, and is also being required to repay the money he stole from the bank.