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Count Zarth
10-05-2008, 05:23 PM
Sheer brilliance.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10057472-36.html

Bank robber hires decoys on Craigslist, fools cops


In an elaborate robbery scheme that's one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one part Pineapple Express, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Wash., by hiring decoys through Craigslist to deter authorities.

It gets better: He then escaped in a creek headed for the Skykomish River in an inner tube, and the cops are still looking for him. "A great amount of money" was taken, Monroe police said, but did not provide a dollar value.

It appears to have unfolded this way, according to a Seattle-based NBC affiliate: around 11:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, the robber, wearing a yellow vest, safety goggles, a blue shirt, and a respirator mask went over to a guard who was overseeing the unloading of cash to the bank from the truck. He sprayed the guard with pepper spray, grabbed his bag of money, and fled the scene.

But here's the hilarious twist. The robber had previously put out a Craigslist ad for road maintenance workers, promising wages of $28.50 per hour. Recruits were asked to wait near the Bank of America right around the time of the robbery--wearing yellow vests, safety goggles, a respirator mask, and preferably a blue shirt. At least a dozen of them showed up after responding to the Craigslist ad.

"I came across the ad that was for a prevailing wage job for $28.50 an hour," one of the unwitting decoys, named Mike, said to the NBC station. As it turns out, they were simply placed there to confuse cops who were looking for a guy wearing a virtually identical outfit.

Authorities eventually found the getaway inner tube (a getaway inner tube!) and suspect that accomplices may have picked up the robber in a boat. According to the NBC affiliate, police hope to track him down by figuring out who posted the Craigslist ad in the first place.

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark was not immediately available for comment.

sedated
10-05-2008, 05:27 PM
<img src="http://www.lifeisajoke.com/simpsons/magnets/Nelson-Haha.jpg">

ZootedGranny
10-05-2008, 05:28 PM
Incredible.

doomy3
10-05-2008, 05:31 PM
wow, good for him

kstater
10-05-2008, 05:33 PM
ROFL

Count Zarth
10-05-2008, 05:34 PM
The only way that would have been cooler is if he had escaped in a barrel like the dwarves in The Hobbit.

Jewish Rabbi
10-05-2008, 05:37 PM
The only way that would have been cooler is if he had escaped in a barrel like the dwarves in The Hobbit.

But even cooler than that would be if he escaped on a sweet motorcycle and picked up a chick at the same time.

Count Zarth
10-05-2008, 05:39 PM
But even cooler than that would be if he escaped on a sweet motorcycle and picked up a chick at the same time.

And grabbed a laptop from a restaurant on the way.

2bikemike
10-05-2008, 05:39 PM
I give the guy 5 out of 5 stars for originality and cleverness.

Molitoth
10-05-2008, 06:04 PM
This guy rules, this chiefs should hire him to design a worthy offesive gameplan.

Marcellus
10-05-2008, 06:20 PM
This guy rules, this chiefs should hire him to design a worthy offesive gameplan.

Craigs list add:

Wanted, people who understand how to coach football. Please show up Sundays at Arrowhead Stadium or other venues on schedule.

Must be able to to make a game plan that does not repeat the same failed plays and concepts over and over.

Must be willing to bench or preferably cut Damion McIntosh,John McGraw,Damon Huard, and other useless hangers on.

Under no circumstances will you make silly stupid comments to the press that give the impression that incompetence exist in the Chief's organization.

Going wage is Millions of $$$$$$$$$.

Existing Chiefs coaches need not respond to this add.

Clark H.

Wa-Z
10-05-2008, 06:36 PM
The Joker was way cooler.

damaticous
10-05-2008, 08:00 PM
HA HA!!

Way Funny!

Girlfriend is originally from that area. Her mother actually banks at that bank.

1 Year ago we floated down that same river in inner tubes to Gold Bar (about 5-10 miles up river from Monroe). I'm used to class 1-2 (bennet and Current) rivers and float in a canoe. To go down that river in an inner tube was difficult ( I would estimate a class 3, but probably 4). to say the least....and EXTREMELY COLD! We went down in the summer time, I could only imagine how cold the river would be this time of year.

He He! wouldn't it be interesting if the dude that knocked off the bank was my future Brother in Law? lol

Valiant
10-05-2008, 08:03 PM
Wow.. Genius but they really should not be advertising this.. Copycats are going to pop up..

Ebolapox
10-05-2008, 08:13 PM
that's awesome.

Howlin Wolf
10-05-2008, 08:14 PM
D.B Cooper?