Would-be bank robber ends up locked in bank.

A would-be bank robber is lacking an important component to a successful heist — an exit strategy.

Instead of escaping with loot, a California gunman finds himself locked in the bank, with police outside.

A police captain says the gunman intercepted a worker on her way to open the Bank of the West in San Gabriel Valley. Once inside, the worker told the robber she’d have to deactivate the alarm or police would arrive. Instead she used the alarm to contact police.

Police say the robber then demanded access to the vault, but the worker told him she needed help from a second worker, who would arrive soon.

The robber then told her to go outside "and to act as though everything was normal." The worker went out and locked the gunman inside.

The police captain calls that "very smart."

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