October 06, 2008
Posted by scott at October 06, 2008 08:52 AM
I guess I'll have to amend my saying to, "most people turn to a life of crime because they're too stupid to do anything else":
Monroe police are searching for a man who robbed an armored-car guard Tuesday morning then fled with the money — down a nearby creek on an inner tube.
Police say the robber also may have recruited a host of unwitting decoys through a Craigslist ad.
As with most genuinely smart crooks, this guy hasn't been caught yet. I still think it's only a matter of time. Sending out lots of e-mail messages to decoys and having an accomplice or two most likely will leave enough of a trail to follow. It's also my understanding that a high percentage of these sorts of robberies are inside jobs, so it wouldn't surprise me if this one is too. I wouldn't want to be employed with that particular armored car company this morning, that's for sure.
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Everyone leaves a trail. The money itself will leave a trail unless carefully laundered. The trick is to point that trail at someone else, preferably someone who has committed a crime before, so nobody's particularly inclined to keep looking.
While I don't like nor condone this sort of behavior, I at least respect the planning and forethought that went into it. The only problem is that he didn't get away with enough money to live for any extended period of time. That's the key problem - just because you successfully steal $50-100K doesn't make you rich, it just means you'll have to repeat the cycle over and over, each time increasing the likelihood you get caught.
My advice - steal big and move to a foreign country where you can live like a king for very little money. Make sure said country doesn't have extradition rights with the USA nor is in turmoil such that you're likely to become dead in an untimely manner.