News and Notes – 1/13/2009


STUPID. A Chicago bank robber wrote his bank robbery note on his pay stub, which of course had his own name and address on it. Police later arrested him at his home.

SMART (or not). 28-year-old Anthony Curcio wins the Lex Luthor Award for the Best Caper of 2008. Disguised as a gardener, Cursio “pepper-sprayed an armored car driver and ran off with a bag stuffed with $400,000 in cash. When police arrived seconds later, they found the sidewalk crowded with dozens of men decked out in the same attire as the perp: blue shirt, Day-Glo vest, safety mask and glasses. While the cops hacked through a forest of suspects, the real perp fled to a nearby creek and escaped in a waiting inner tube. Turns out the unwitting decoys had been lured to the crime scene by a Craigslist ad that promised construction work to those showing up in a ‘yellow vest, safety goggles, a respirator mask … and, if possible, a blue shirt.'” Of course, even the smartest criminals are stupid for committing the crime. Anthony was caught and arrested a month later. (HT: Althouse)

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