It was a bad day for a New Jersey man when his alleged bank heist was foiled because his getaway car ran out of gas.
32-year-old Steven Mercado entered a city bank Thursday afternoon and handed a teller a note demanding money.
The Vineland man, who indicated he had a weapon, Vineland police said, then fled to his car with an undisclosed amount of cash as bank employees contacted police.
Mercado, who had parked at a nearby business, tried to drive away but didn’t get far before running out gas.
He then called a cab company for a ride but was captured just moments after he got out of his vehicle.
Mercado was jailed in lieu of $400,000 cash bail.
Police said the weapon he had was a garden hose spray nozzle.