Two teenagers burst through the front door and raced to the counter with an empty pillow case.
"Put it in,? they demanded of the clerk.
"Put what in"? the attendant asked.
"The money. Put it in and nobody'll get hurt,? they barked.
The puzzled library attendant, who had less than $1 in collected fines in the petty cash box, ducked out the door and called the police. They, too, were dumbfounded.
It's the first attempted library robbery I ever heard of,? said one cop, scratching his head.
The only plausible explanation was that the two careless crooks got the Grandon City, Kansas, bank mixed up with the library. The two buildings are a block apart on corner locations, and at the time, the bank's exterior was partially obstructed by scaffolding.
The youths, believed to be runaways from Florida, were nabbed by police hours after the bungled heist. In keeping with their crime, the bonehead bandits were taken into custody and promptly "booked?.