Texting Man Pulls Bank Prank; Police Don't LOL

Girlfriend didn't get the joke

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 1:08 PM CDT
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When a Crest Hill man texted his girlfriend about a bank robbery, he was J/K, but police weren't LOL.

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When a Crest Hill man texted his girlfriend, he was J/K about a bank robbery, but police weren't LOL.

Jeremy S. Donaldson, 33, was inside a Harris Bank branch in Joliet just before 1 p.m. on Monday. Outside, his girlfriend sat in the car and waited, wondering what was taking so long.

Donaldson, bored in line, sent her a cell phone message as a prank.

"He sent her a text message saying a man with a gun was inside the bank," said Deputy Chief Mike Trafton.

But the 36-year-old woman didn't realize it was supposed to be a joke. Faster than you can say "OMG," the girlfriend called 911 to report a bank robbery, and several police quickly showed up.

"We take any such report very seriously and had a very heavy police response with many officers rushing to the bank," said Trafton.

The Joliet police weren't laughing, and neither was Donaldson. He was arrested on a felony charge of disorderly conduct and booked into the Will County Jail.

His only message now is "BRB."

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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