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KcMizzou
07-06-2008, 06:55 PM
SAMARITAN THIEF ALERTS COPS TO 'TERROR' VAN

By LARRY CELONA


He's a criminal, but he "did the right thing" when it mattered - alerting cops to what he feared was a terror plot the day before the Fourth of July.

At about 5 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified thief with a police record broke into a red van that had been parked at 53rd Street and Second Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park for about a month, a source told The Post.

He was stunned when he looked inside - it was filled with gas cans and Styrofoam cups containing a mysterious white substance with protruding wires and switches.

The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school. So he drove the van 15 blocks to 37th Street and parked it at a desolate waterfront location behind the Costco store and next to some little-used piers.

Then he got out and called a cop he knows from his run-ins with the law.

"He did the right thing," a high-ranking officer said. "And he possibly saved a lot of people's lives."

Another source said cops are unlikely to file charges for the break-in.

The van had Delaware plates that had been issued to another vehicle. It's not clear when its cargo was put inside.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined cops from the Bomb Squad and the anti-terror task force at the scene. Cops shut down three blocks.

Additional reporting by Frank Rosario and Philip Messing

http://www.nypost.com/seven/07042008/news/regionalnews/samaritan_thief_alerts_cops_to_terror_va_118416.htm

DaFace
07-06-2008, 07:03 PM
Huh. Tough call from the cops' standpoint. I'd probably agree that the guy should be let off the hook for doing the good deed. On the other hand, that seems like a bad precedent to set that someone can break into a car and get away with it as long as they're looking for something suspicious.

luv
07-06-2008, 07:03 PM
A set up to get in good with local law enforcement?

KcMizzou
07-06-2008, 07:07 PM
A set up to get in good with local law enforcement?Apparently not.

A car thief on Thursday night found a bomb-laden van wired to detonate by remote control that likely had been sitting there for more than five months, sources said.

Investigators believe the homemade explosives found on a Brooklyn street in the Ford Econoline belonged to Yung Tang, 39, a Chinese national. He has been behind bars since he was caught Jan. 29 in Wallingford, Conn., with nearly identical bombs in his Mazda MPV minivan.

Also found in the MPV were two silencers, four hollow-point bullets and two radio-controlled detonators. Days after that arrest, the NYPD searched his Brooklyn house and found yet anther van, a Ford Explorer, full of similar explosive devices.

In May, Brooklyn prosecutors charged Tang with attempted murder for allegedly planting a bomb near the car of a commercial tenant he was trying to evict. The victim lost his foot in the 2002 blast.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,376687,00.html

I guess the only reason it sat there so long, is that he was already in jail.

The guy did put himself at risk to drive the van to a less populated area before he reported it.

I think they did the right thing by giving him a pass on this one.

luv
07-06-2008, 07:09 PM
Apparently not.



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,376687,00.html

I guess the only reason it sat there so long, is that he was already in jail.

The guy did put himself at risk to drive the van to a less populated area before he reported it.

I think they did the right thing by giving him a pass on this one.

Agreed.

little jacob
07-06-2008, 07:13 PM
wonder where he got the silencers.

stumppy
07-06-2008, 07:18 PM
Talk about a dipsquat. This guy calls himself a crook ? He waited a whole month before breaking into it . He'd never last in some of the neighborhoods I've lived in.:D








Seriously, nice job on doing the right thing. There are a lot of people out there who would kill for what was in that van.

BigRock
07-06-2008, 07:18 PM
The guy did put himself at risk to drive the van to a less populated area before he reported it.

Can you imagine if the guy had hit a pot hole and the van blew up in the middle of a busy street? He was trying to do the right thing, but he'd go down in history as a terrorist ala Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road.

little jacob
07-06-2008, 08:31 PM
Can you imagine if the guy had hit a pot hole and the van blew up in the middle of a busy street? He was trying to do the right thing, but he'd go down in history as a terrorist ala Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road.

sounds like it would not be very likely, if it was designed to be triggered by remote (cell phone is a typical instrument for it i think)