The first stage of each and every successful robbery was deciding what you wanted to steal and why you wanted to steal it. Alexios had already confirmed both of these things on a personal level and on a 'party' level with his soon-to-be partner in crime. So with the goal in mind there was nothing to do but follow the next step.
Second step was just as simple-sounding as the first; researching the 'How'.
How were they going to steal What they wanted was more important, even, than Why they wanted it in the first place. But the way you confirmed the How was to do something rather tedious and that was to watch, observe and thoroughly plan. Usually his kind of robberies were closer to piracy or highway robbery than a bank heist but the basics were the same.
The bank had the decency to always be in the right place at least so that was a bonus over the other two types of robbery. Milling about in the marketplace that the bank was built to face and service, Alexios was idly haggling about the prices of dates with a vendor. Really he was keeping an eye out for his partners in crime and the bank.
But he also liked dates so he could do two things at once while looking like he was only doing the haggling.
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