Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Bank Robbery Leads


Straightforward leads:
Police responded to a robbery call at a Life Savings Bank on Tuesday afternoon after witnesses saw a half-naked man fleeing the scene.
A white man in his mid-thirties robbed a Life Savings Bank near 38th Street and Pacific Avenue Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m.
An unidentified man robbed Life Savings Bank at gunpoint on Tuesday morning at 11:30.

Summary leads:
After robbing a bank and stuffing the bag of money down his pants, witnesses saw a bank robberís pants explode when an anti-theft device covered him in dye.
An attempted bank robbery on Tuesday was thwarted by an alert bank teller who placed an anti-theft device into the loot bag.
Investigators are looking for a bank robber who might be stained with bright red dye after a bank robbery on 38th Street and Pacific Avenue.

Slight twist leads:
A robbery attempt was thwarted on Tuesday morning by an anti-theft device in an unusual way.
A man on Tuesday attempted to rob a bank but left with more than he anticipated.
A certain criminal may think twice about robbing banks again after literally being burned by his loot.
A bank teller outwitted a thief by using an anti-theft device during an attempted bank robbery.
An unidentified man got more than he bargained for after he robbed Life Savings Bank, and received a burning hot surprise.

Absurdity leads:
Today a bank robber has a useless bag of money and one less pair of pants.
Exploding pants may just be the new way to stop bank robberies.
If you were walking around 38th Street and Pacific Avenue on Tuesday morning, you might have seen something rather strange: A manís pants exploding.
A bank robbery went from bad to worse when the suspect decided to stuff the money down his pants.
A victim of ants in his pants? No, a bank robber! Witnesses watched on as an unidentified suspect suffered an explosion in his pants after he robbed a local bank, and unwittingly took an anti-theft device with him.

Play-on-words leads:
Man dyed in robbery attempt on Tuesday morning
On Tuesday, a bank robber discovered that cold cash can actually be searing hot.
A man who robbed a local bank Tuesday has not been caught red-handed Ö yet.
The robber of Life Savings Bank may not yet have been apprehended by police, but he has definitely taken the heat for his actions.
A bank robber may have lost both his cash and his "jewels" thanks to a new bank anti-theft device.


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