These (smart?) criminals struck when no one was looking...
Three banks robbed while Bush and Kerry are in town
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
05 August 2004
The separate presidential campaigns and very different visions of America of George Bush and John Kerry converged on the same Iowa town of Davenport yesterday.
But the politicians were in large measure upstaged by local criminals who took advantage of police preoccupations with the candidates' security to stage no less than three separate bank robberies.
Unbeknown to the candidates however, some of their thunder was being stolen by bank robbers, who attacked three separate banks as massive police and secret service detachments guarded the Presidential contenders. Police said the three crimes did not appear to be co-ordinated, but were almost certainly timed to take advantage of the disruption caused by the candidates' presence...