At least he was thinking…

I’m torn between hoping they catch him and hoping they don’t. At least he was original and smart about it. BIG HUGS, Steph


Bank Robber Hires Decoys on Craigslist, Fools Cops

By Caroline McCarthy, CNET News

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 Sept. 30, 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.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. R U Serious
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 15:15:28

    That is too funny!! What a genius!!  I kinda hope he gets away with it!!  Why do all of the freaky robberies take place in Waahington??  Remember that D.B.Cooper guy who jumped out of a plane??  They never fpond him of the cash.
    Now, did you say that Dennis is rooting for the Phillies because he hates the Dodgers???  NOOOOOOOOOOO!!  With his history he shouls be cheering for the Dodgers!!  LOL!
    I tried to call Becky today but couldn\’t get through.  Either a bad number or Anthony has his phone turned off.  Like I said, Three Stooges!I\’ll keep trying but it\’s after 11:00 pm now.  I\’ll try again tomorrow but I\’m sure that she will call me.  In case she forgot (duh!!) tell me what you wanted again.
    I\’ve missed you on IM.  If you\’re not busy tonight, go online!!


  2. t i m
    Oct 10, 2008 @ 18:09:44

    That’s pretty ingenious I must say… well until he inevitably gets caught. 🙂


  3. Jade
    Oct 11, 2008 @ 06:47:31

    That was really funny 😀


  4. Nooner™
    Oct 12, 2008 @ 01:34:46

    It will be interesting to see if he is caught from tracing his computer use.


  5. David
    Oct 17, 2008 @ 20:45:09

    I flat-out am with him.  After all, half of Wall Street stole a great deal more and were less than half as much fun – and THEY\’LL get away with it.  Worse, they stole it from ME.  So right on, Mr Robber!  Getaway Innertube – Snap!  I wish I had thought of it.  I love that a shitload of folks figured that there was a real job waiting for those who arrived in that get-up!  And they probably vote – lucky us!  I half want the guy to play it safe, and enjoy the proceeds, and I half want him to try something else equally imaginative for me to enjoy.  What a cool TV series – a guy that pulls of a number of jobs like this…


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