Real Vail – November 10, 2010
Remember the “Dumb and Dumber” snowboarding bank robbers who successfully made off with $130,000 from the WestStar Bank on Hanson Ranch Road in Vail Village back in 2005, only to be caught in a bumbling attempt to escape at Denver International Airport?
Well, if you’d forgotten, they’re back. This time in a book by ringleader Anthony Prince of New Zealand called “Bank Robbery for Beginners.” Prince is living in Australia after serving four and half years in prison.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald , Prince would like to lose the Dumb and Dumber moniker: “I’ve been internationally humiliated for what I’ve done, so I feel I deserve to tell my side of the story.”
And he discovered an American prison is no place to end your working ski holiday in Vail: “There’s a huge amount of racial segregation and prison politics and gang mentality. You just need to do what you need to do to survive.” A fact easily gleaned from most American prison movies.
Prince and Australian cohort Luke Carroll used BB guns and wore snowboarding gear and their work nametags (although Prince insists they were blank) to rob the bank where they did their own personal banking. They were instantly recognized by their accents.
They escaped by chairlift and made it down to Denver, but tipped a cab driver $20,000 and left bundles of cash in waste bins outside the terminal. Police recognized and apprehended them within eight minutes. Which is less time than it took members of the media to come up with the Dumb and Dumber nickname.
“For me and my naive mind at the time it was as simple as going and getting the money and leaving,” Prince said. “Nobody gets hurt, nobody emotionally and mentally scared, and I get home and it’s all good, it’s all gravy, but obviously that’s very far from reality.”
“Far From Reality” might have been a better title for his book. The only thing “Dumb and Dumber” than using it to figure out “Bank Robbery for Beginners” would be shelling out 32 bucks for it. Now that would be robbery.