Tuesday, April 26, 2011


THERE are some things that should definitely not be posted on Facebook - especially if you've just robbed a bank. But dumb thieves Estefany Danelia Martinez, 19 and boyfriend Ricky Gonzalez just couldn't help themselves.
Two days before their Texas bank heist which netted more than $62,000 Martinez didn't think twice before posting: "Get $$$" when asked what was on her mind.    
Then the day after the robbery her 18-year-old boyfriend  Ricky Gonzalez, 18: "Wipe my teeth
with hundereds (sic)." Needless to say Martinez, an employee at the International Bank of Commerce in Houston, and her man were quickly picked up.
Those postings, highlighted by an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip on March 30, landed the pair and two others in custody, according to a federal complaint.
FBI Special Agent Kevin J. Katz said their amateurish scheme was hatched by another teller, Anna Margarita Rivera in an affidavit. 
Rivera was a teller during a previous unsolved bank robbery "and believed staging the robbery would be easy,"he wrote.
"Martinez advised the plan was for herself and Rivera to pick a date where they would both be working the late shift and they would plan for the staged robbery to take place close to closing time, thus minimizing the chances of any customers being in the bank," according to the affidavit.
Gonzalez and Arturo Solano, Rivera's brother, were recruited to carry out the fake robbery.
So last month they walked into the bank, jumped over the counter and demanded cash, with pistols, one of which was later found to be fake. 
One of them grabbed the moment and then the tellers, pretending to be locked in the safe called the cops.
 One day later on March 24, Gonzalez wrote on his Facebook page, "U have to past the line sometimes!! To get dis money."
While Martinez allegedly wrote, "I'm rich" on Gonzalez's page on March 25.
Although they all initially denied the crime Richard Kuniansky, who represents Martinez, said the single mother has never been in trouble and likely will enter a plea, arguing her age and maturity should be factors in sentencing.
"They were young and immature and didn't appreciate the seriousness," he said.
The others will be tried separately. 

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