Searching for the perfect escape route, Curcio looked to Woods Creek – the river that flowed past the scene of the crime. At first, he considered using a jet ski to get away. Eventually, however, he settled on a rubber tube, carried upstream by a system of pulleys.
Finally, Curcio put his plan into action. A few days before the intended robbery, he placed a fictional job advertisement on Craigslist. In it, he offered $28.50 an hour to workers, asking them to meet outside the Bank of America at a specified time. Crucially, he also told them to wear a yellow safety vest, work shoes, jeans and a blue shirt, and to bring a mask and goggles.