Dumbest place to attempt a robbery? Right in front of police officer

An unobservant crook experienced instant justice after sticking up a cabbie in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Monday. The robber was apparently too busy demanding money from the terrified driver to notice the police cruiser in the rear-view mirror.

Berks County Deputy Sheriff Terry Ely was waiting at a traffic light when he noticed something odd, WNEP reported. The taxi in front of his vehicle sat through several cycles of the traffic light. He didn't know about the drama unfolding in the cab until he approached the vehicle and found 18-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera waving a gun around.

The security camera inside of the cab recorded the drama as it unfolded. Martinez-Herrera jumped into the back seat and immediately held a gun to driver Ralph Valletta's head while demanding money. A shaken Valletta handed over $11, telling the robber that he had just started his shift and hadn't made much money yet, according to ABC News. That's when the officer flashed his lights and approached the car. Martinez-Herrera put his hands up and told Ely he was carrying a fake gun.

"You're a lifesaver, oh my God!" Valletta can be heard saying as the officer dragged Martinez-Herrera out of the cab. Police charged the unlucky teenage crook with robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

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