Teen boasts on YouTube before bank robbery arrest
Police in Nebraska arrest a teen in connection with a bank robbery -- and then discover that she posted a video about, well, robbing a bank.
I have never robbed a bank, but some people find it invigorating.
Different people find different ways of expressing invigoration. So it may well be that one of them -- at least in the case of 19-year-old Hannah Sabata -- involves making a YouTube video boasting about how you've just robbed a bank.
Here, you see, is just such a video. Its contents allegedly fit comfortably with the facts of a robbery at the Cornerstone Bank in Waco, Neb.
In the video, a woman who looks very similar to other online images of Sabata offers potentially incriminating captions such as "I stole a car." She mentions that she took the license plates off.
This is as Green Day sings in the background: "Live without warning." Suddenly, the song changes to something about not needing authority. To go with this, the woman raises some words to the camera: "Then I robbed a bank."
Finally, she adds that assisting her were "a gun, a pillow case, and a note."
She does also seem to making something of a sociopolitical protest, claiming that she's a "victim of the government."
The local York News-Times adds portentously that the clothes the woman is wearing in the video happen to match those worn by the bank robber.
Sabata does have a page on deviantART. There she claims to live in "Hicktown Nebraska in a small, sinking home surrounded by many trees and broken-down cars."
She also offers some personal details, including that she can do the splits, has HIV, and has been to jail.
She also declares: "I get straight A's in school."
Then there's her favorite personal quote: "Don't make threats; just do it without warning so you won't get caught."
More than $6,000 was allegedly stolen in the robbery. Omaha.com reports that all but $30 has been recovered by the police.
What might the $30 have been spent on? Some Green Day downloads, perhaps.