About The Time I Made Around $165,000 By Robbing Banks For Two Months

Editor’s note: I received this story in early February through our submissions form. I was very excited by it, and told the author so, but I was concerned about verifying whether it were true. When I asked for mugshots and composites the author initially told me he could get them. A few weeks later, he said he didn’t have the resources — he’d have to drive to a city a few counties over and pay for the records to be released, etc. I didn’t want to put him out, so I told him not to worry about it. But to get his story on the site, I still needed his bio and approval on the edits I had made. He never responded to my final query, made on Feb 23. It’s been over five months since then. Based on the tone of our brief email exchange, it seems like he would be fine with my edits, and like he would be fine with us running the piece without getting his bio. At this point all we can give him is his byline, which he expressed wanting to “have out there.” Lloyd Miller is his real name, as far as I know, but all other names, locations, and details that might identify anyone have been changed. – Brandon Scott Gorrell

The first time my brother James approached me about robbing a bank, I just laughed him off. We were discussing the fact that I had a two-month old baby, my rent was past due, I had lost my job. Things were looking bleak. James said to me, “Bro, this guy I was locked up with, told me how to get away with bank robbery.” I thought he was joking.

“His old lady worked for Bank of the West for years. She says that from the time they know they’re being robbed until the police arrive is about three minutes. Do you know how much money you can grab in three minutes?” He was serious. “If I think of a better way to help you feed Stephanie, I’ll do it, but I say we hit this bank.”



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  • http://www.joujoulovesyou.blogspot.com joujou

    Wow. By far one of the best pieces that has been posted on this site. It is a nice change from 20 something angst (I’m a 20 something year old) i.e. unrequited love, boozing, low self esteem, blah blah blah. Those topics are relevant as well although compared to this they seem elementary. Bravo. This was superb.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TEENAGEASTRONAUT Aerial Kruger

      I agree with JOUJOU. Great piece.

    • Jane

      I actually couldn’t agree more. As someone who is also getting a tad tired of streams of post-grad syndrome self-loathing, I was excited to read something with guts. Bravo to the contributor and for the editors for their bravery!

    • taylorvon

      YES! I was absolutely riveted for once instead of rolling my eyes in annoyance!

  • Rhiannon

    Yep, so…. wow.

  • AT

    This is the craziest thing I’ve read yet. Great piece.

  • beantownkmd

    Fantastic article. Definitely one of the best ones I’ve read on here. You guys should do more profiles/firsthand account stories like this one. :-)

    • Jay

      I agree!!

  • H

    From the title, I thought I would hate this and I thought I wouldn’t believe any of it. Turns out, it’s really fantastic. Great closing paragraph.

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  • J

    Brilliant…absolutely gripped.

  • http://www.itmakesmestronger.com/2012/07/about-the-time-i-made-around-165000-by-robbing-banks-for-two-months/ Only L<3Ve @ ItMakesMeStronger.com

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  • d

    i’ve read this article a few years ago on a forum. maybe he’s reposting and it’s legit. either way, good story.

  • shauna

    Who the hell is Dave?

    • Kolby

      That’s what I thought!! Where the hell did Dave come from?!?

      • http://philalaw.wordpress.com philalaw

        Dave is James. That should be edited to protect any possibly real names.

  • Je

    Wow.. didn’t think I’d like reading this as much as I did. Love reading this first-hand account, nice change from the 20-Something articles usually posted.

  • Elijah

    Wow, this was amazing. Is it accurate though?

  • Sonny

    I can relate to so much in this, it’s scary: feeling like you’ll never get caught, the courtroom drama, prison life, coming home and trying to become part of society again. I still feel like I have a convict mentality, too. You see things differently than people who have never been down.

    Very well written piece, Lloyd. Thank you.

  • D

    Great article, but I would have excluded the cliché line “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime” at the very end.

  • http://facebook.com/aleciavogelmusic Alecia

    Someone forgot to push CTRL+F and configure the “Replace All With…” settings.
    But evidently, Lloyd has submitted this story elsewhere before.

  • Darren

    Simply Awesome!

  • Amphx

    What a refreshing, eye-opening, and gripping story. And I loved the Winston Churchill quote.

  • franneh

    Chills. Thanks for sharing.

  • TightyWhitey

    this was amazing. its about time!

  • liz

    as someone who was the victim of 2 bank robberies, one violent, i don’t think this story is ‘cool’… i hope you’ve realised the consequences your actions had on your victims.

    • LyteBryte

      I am sorry that you had to go through the bad experiences of two bank robberies but, I didn’t read anywhere in the story that they harmed someone. He even noted that they didn’t use machine guns or hurt anyone. Although it may not be “cool” it is still an interesting piece and gives us something different to read.

    • Kolby

      I don’t think anywhere in this article does the author allude to his actions being ‘cool’. If you read to the end of the piece (which I suspect you didn’t) you’ll see that it’s actually very reflective. If anything, he seems regretful of what he did, if only for the irreplaceable time that he missed with his family.

  • http://gravatar.com/scenefromahat Jessica

    fascinating, fantastic article.

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    • A.

      But what I don’t understand about that ^^ is it says he was sentenced to 20 something years and used a shotgun.

      • H

        And the date on the case is September 1970. He said they did the last robbery sometime in 1980.

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  • Mac

    I hate to burst everyone’s bubble here, but meth didn’t exist in 1980. Entertaining as it was, I suspect this is just a story.

    • Jk

      Meth’s been around since the late 19th Century, recreationally since the 1960s, sooo I dunno where you’ve got that idea from.

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