MALVERN, Pennsylvania — It’s like he wanted to get caught.
A man who had just been released from a drug rehab facility robbed a bank but made it easy for cops to track him down because he left an absurd trail of clues, including a demand note scrawled on his discharge papers.
Pennsylvania prosecutors say when Jamal Goodwin, 25, stumbled out of a Malvern bank with $5,000 in cash, he ended up leaving more than half of it in a cab along with his driver’s license and an ID card, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
He also left behind the sweatshirts he wore while robbing the bank and discharge papers from the Malvern Institute drug and alcohol treatment center in his name, with roughly a quarter of one page torn away. The other quarter of the page he left behind at the bank with his note written on it.
Cops were led to the cab from the Main Line Taxi Co. because the bank teller saw Goodwin climb into a car from that company. The driver said Goodwin told him his name was Jamal and asked to be driven to Philadelphia. A gym bag he left behind also had his name written inside of it, police said.
Detectives caught up with Goodwin the next day with heroin, cocaine and about $1,000 left of what he had taken from the bank, prosecutors said. Goodwin was charged with robbery, theft and other charges, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office said.