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October 23, 2013
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April 1, 2013
14:40 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013

Ridiculous Story of the Day: A California high school student set up a sting operation to catch a locker thief at Linden High School, only to discover one of her teachers was actually the one guilty of taking students’ money. Naturally, after she showed the footage to her principal, he asked her to delete the footage. Yes, really. (ht Gawker) source

15:33 // 1 year ago
February 25, 2013
10:37 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
nationalpost:

‘A gigantic sum’: Masked gunmen posing as police pull off multimillion-dollar diamond heist at Brussels airport
Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50-million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.The gang used two black cars in their daring raid late Monday, grabbed the cache of stones and sped off into the darkness, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office.“They tried to pass themselves off as police officers,” Bijnens said. They reportedly wore outfits which resembled dark police clothing and both cars had blue lights on top, she said. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Ben Affleck, this has “your next movie” written all over it. It’s a combination of “The Town” and “Argo.”

nationalpost:

‘A gigantic sum’: Masked gunmen posing as police pull off multimillion-dollar diamond heist at Brussels airport

Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50-million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.

The gang used two black cars in their daring raid late Monday, grabbed the cache of stones and sped off into the darkness, said Anja Bijnens, spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office.

“They tried to pass themselves off as police officers,” Bijnens said. They reportedly wore outfits which resembled dark police clothing and both cars had blue lights on top, she said. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Ben Affleck, this has “your next movie” written all over it. It’s a combination of “The Town” and “Argo.”

10:15 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
A dangerous thief is on the loose in Wichita, KS, and police believe the suspect portrayed in the sketch at the top of this post could be behind a string of robberies that left three confiscated marijuana bags a little lighter than the day they arrived in the Wichita PD evidence room. Here’s hoping police can bring that terrifying criminal to justice sooner rather than later.  (h/t to Gawker) source

A dangerous thief is on the loose in Wichita, KS, and police believe the suspect portrayed in the sketch at the top of this post could be behind a string of robberies that left three confiscated marijuana bags a little lighter than the day they arrived in the Wichita PD evidence room. Here’s hoping police can bring that terrifying criminal to justice sooner rather than later.  (h/t to Gawker) source

17:51 // 1 year ago
October 24, 2012

Baggage handler’s experiment with stealing money fails

  • $20k the amount a baggage handler stole in brand new currency this week. Authorities were transporting $96 million in new $100 bills, that aren’t going to be in circulation until next year, when they noticed that one package had already been opened. The baggage handler has already been arrested - but what could he have done with money that can’t even be used yet? source
11:15 // 1 year ago
August 14, 2012

Exclusive: Thief breaks into Steve Jobs’ house, steals his wallet, and gets caught by incessantly updating Apple products

thedailyfeed:

A down-on-his-luck, 35-year-old homeless man broke into Steve Jobs’ home with a spare key, stole a cache of pricey electronics, jewelry and even the late computer icon’s wallet with $1 inside, and got caught when the pilfered Apple hardware snitched to the company’s mainframe, according to police documents obtained exclusively by The Daily. 

Wearing work gloves, Kariem McFarlin set down lawn furniture cushions outside the perimeter of the home in order to safely toss his take including: two iMacs, three iPads, one Apple TV, a Sodastream soda maker and various Tiffany jewels before fleeing away in his car.

McFarlin also found a wallet containing “Steve Jobs’ California Driver’s License, credit cards and personal items” and $1…

McFarlin was quickly caught after he plugged in the various hot Apple hardware, which contacted central servers to upgrade itself. A task force made of Apple security and local Palo Alto police quickly traced the hot goods back to McFarlin.

So basically, unlike the Mat Honan situation, the Apple security mechanisms did what they were supposed to do. What an interesting tale. That $1 must’ve been symbolic.

(via brooklynmutt)

20:25 // 2 years ago
June 14, 2012

Convicted ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford sentenced in $7 billion scheme

  • 41 months the amount of time the attorneys for convicted ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford’s wanted him to be sentenced to prison
  • 110
    years
    the amount of time Stanford, who built a $7 billion scheme over 20 years, was actually sentenced; he could’ve gotten 230 years source

» For comparison’s sake, Bernie Madoff got 150 years. Stanford, who was convicted of 13 of 14 fraud counts in March, lived a lavish life, and was at one point personally worth $2 billion. (His scheme, half the size of Madoff’s, was nonetheless massive.) But his assets were frozen and he was so broke that he had to rely on court-appointed lawyers. Said lawyers have no sense of gravity, apparently — they seriously thought he’d get jailed for less than four years? Perhaps, though, it was Stanford himself who screwed up his chances, telling the judge this on Thursday: “I’m not here to ask for sympathy or forgiveness or to throw myself at your mercy. I did not run a Ponzi scheme. I didn’t defraud anybody.” He spoke for 40 minutes. He claimed the U.S. used  “gestapo tactics” on him. In return, he got a huge sentence.

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22:29 // 2 years ago
May 31, 2012
Anyone see a 10-foot-long cigarette lately? It’s gone missing from a woman’s Maryland yard. The former telephone pole, painted like a cigarette out of a desire for wacky yard art, wouldn’t have been easy to steal; it weighs 150 pounds.

Anyone see a 10-foot-long cigarette lately? It’s gone missing from a woman’s Maryland yard. The former telephone pole, painted like a cigarette out of a desire for wacky yard art, wouldn’t have been easy to steal; it weighs 150 pounds.

11:53 // 2 years ago