Highway Robbery – American man takes a BMW for a test drive then robs a bank to pay for it

Arthur Greene

What’s your dream car, and how far would you go to get it? 

Eric Dion Warren’s is probably a black BMW, seeing as he robbed a bank to pay for it while he was giving it a test drive.

On 7 June 2019, the American man arrived at a car dealership in Texas and told the dealer that he would like to buy a BMW. While payment was being processed, Warren drove the car to a bank.

He put a paper bag over his head and, armed with a pellet gun, he walked into the bank. He handed the clerk a note demanding $10,000 (R150,000). 

The note read: “This is a f****** robbery. Play with me and die. I want $10,000 in 50 and 100 dollar bills now you got 1 minute or I will kill you.”

After being promptly handed the cash, he hopped back in the BMW and sped back to the dealership.

Warren – presumably pumped up with adrenaline after pulling off a bank robbery – reportedly made quite a scene when he arrived.

He waved around $3,000 and demanded to the dealership staff that he be allowed to use it as a downpayment on the high-end car.

Little did he know, however, that the dealership had already received a call from the police, after Warren’s getaway vehicle matched a description of one of theirs. 

Warren was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after a short trial. He was arrested in possession of $5,000 (R75,000) and the pellet gun, and the note he used at the bank was covered in his fingerprints. This left the court with little doubt of his guilt.

Picture source: @CBSDFW

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