Hi all! I have hit a huge block with a crime caper book I'm working on. Specifically I am lost on all the minutiae regarding how to actually pull off a bank heist. My characters are not professionals, just four friends who band together, although one happens to be really good with computers. What I'm aiming for is a sort of surreal robbery, an "Anti-The Town." The movie based on Chuck Hogan's novel I thought was a great depiction of a robbery. But I don't want to compete with it. I want to do something different. But... ...how different can you be? Yes, I know the basics like dye packs and GPS tracers and silent alarms and the "two-minute rule." But the more I research into the technology the more flat-out overwhelmed I get. How can I avoid all the techie stuff but still make things plausible? And also DIFFERENT? And how can a guy with computer skills actually take down or bypass bank alarms? It's hooked up to the phone line and electrical grid, right? I supposed he could knock those out...but how & the technicals involved...and again we start getting into too much tech and the story gets lost and I just want to chuck the whole thing. And really I don't want to spent hundreds of hours interviewing cops and bank tellers about how to rob a bank, because first off, they're not gonna tell me. And secondly, I'm gonna look like a bank robber myself!