Thursday, October 2, 2008

Craigslist bank robbery

Via Boing Boing:

A man in
Monroe, Washington, who wanted to rob an armored car used Craigslist to enlist some unsuspecting accomplices.

He advertised on Craigslist for workers for a road maintenance job at $28.50 per hour. Anyone who inquired about the job was sent instructions to show up at the Bank of America on Tuesday at 11 a.m. wearing a yellow vest, safety goggles, a respirator mask and, if possible, a blue shirt.

Around a dozen men showed up for work at the BofA at 11 a.m. There was no one to tell them what to do or to put them to work in any way, so they milled about, waiting for further instructions.

Meanwhile, an armored truck was delivering money to that same BofA. A man dressed in a yellow vest, safety goggles, a respirator mask and a blue shirt sprayed the armored car guard with pepper spray, grabbed the bag of money and ran. He ran into a nearby creek, removing layers of clothes as he ran. The creek feeds into a river. One witness says that the robber swam down the river, while another witness swears that he used an inner tube.

[Disclaimer: The picture is not actually related to the story. I just found a picture of people in yellow vests.]

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