30-year-old Heath Bumpous walked calmly into Citizens State Bank in Groveton, Texas and demanded cash from the tellers, as he could neither afford his significant other’s wedding ring nor the venue, reports Jacob Geanous of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. Interestingly, Bumpous did not wear a mask while giving the tellers gray plastic bags to fill them with money.
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace tells crime website Oxygen, “It just seemed kind of strange when somebody walks into a bank with absolutely no mask on, pretty calm, they said he wasn’t really upset, or mad, or in a hurry…(He) just kind of walked in and demanded the money." The 30-year-old reportedly told the tellers he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. Police say they filled the bags with approximately $7,000 worth of cash because they were afraid the man might be armed.
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After leaving the bank and getting rid of his clothes, Bumpous drove to the Cochino Lodge, where his wedding would take place the following day, and paid the event staff $2,600. He planned to cash in the rest of the money on a wedding ring, states Wallace. The Trinity County Sheriff explains, “He’s been down on his luck, couldn’t get the money to pay for a wedding ring, the wedding ring she wanted. So that’s what the money was for.”
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Then, Bumpous received a text from his fiance just before he could purchase a ring. His fiance said she saw a picture of her groom-to-be on bank surveillance cameras on social media. Bumpous did not reply when his bride-to-be asked, “Did you just rob a bank?” That was when she sent the photo and convinced Bumpous to turn himself in.
Police arrested the man and retrieved the money from Cochino Lodge. Bumpous admitted he was burdened by financial troubles and mental health issues. Authorities are determining whether he planned the robbery. Wallace says, “Did he plan it? Or was it just a spur of the moment thing? We don’t know yet.”