Thanks to Curcio’s clever forward planning, however, they didn’t get very far. Instead, they found the bank’s parking lot full of men – each of whom matched the description of the robber. Stumped, they were unable to track down the culprit, and the story of the daring crime captivated the nation.
At the time, the public was growing mistrustful of banks, and Curcio’s bizarre yet effective approach won him many fans. In some circles, he was even dubbed D.B. Tuber, after the famous folk hero and hijacker D.B. Cooper. Meanwhile, Curcio had made it away with $400,000 in cash.