The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has discovered a new way to punish bank robbers. Its officials noticed that Brian McNeilly, arrested for robbing one of its branches, had a savings account at another branch. After his conviction, they deducted $1,500 from his account - the exact amount that he had stolen.

A spokesman for the bank compares its action to recovering money on an overdue loan. But McNeilly, now serving a prison term, says he "won't stand for it" and is consulting a lawyer.McNeilly may have been better off robbing a bank in the United States, where he might have found an activist judge to take his side.