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11/11/13 5:19 PM
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Bank robber hires decoys on Craigslist, fools cops

A crook who's apparently seen The Thomas Crowne Affair too many times was able to get away with an armored truck robbery in Washington by soliciting decoys on Craigslist with the promise of a road maintenance job.

In an elaborate robbery scheme that's one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one partPineapple 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.

11/11/13 5:21 PM
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Of course I love this guy! 

11/11/13 5:24 PM
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good story

11/11/13 5:24 PM
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I'd buy that man a beer Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 5:24 PM
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Some balls on this guy. The fact that he escaped on an inner tube impresses me. Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 5:27 PM
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so much awesome
11/11/13 5:31 PM
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I guess D.B. Cooper finally needed some more cash
11/11/13 5:35 PM
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If there was ever a time for some sort of inner tube "like a boss" or "deal with it" gif... Phone Post
11/11/13 5:35 PM
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I take this opportunity to dedicate one of my personal favirites to this gentleman and his inner tube!

Link for iphoners:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttJBdr6eBuo

11/11/13 5:35 PM
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11/11/13 5:37 PM
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Thinking outside the box...good on that guy. Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 5:37 PM
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Old story.

He didn't get away with it.

Homeless guy saw him stashing his gear outside the bank and described hiim to the police.

11/11/13 5:37 PM
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That's pretty awesome.

The inner tube is an underrated means of escape IMO....... Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 5:38 PM
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Any body hear from InnerTubeCaptain lately? Phone Post
11/11/13 5:39 PM
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Awesome Phone Post
11/11/13 5:40 PM
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So I guess I am not getting the job
*throws away vest and blue shirt* Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 5:42 PM
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Genius!  Just curious as to HOW MUCH he got away with...

11/11/13 5:47 PM
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Timbo - Old story.

He didn't get away with it.

Homeless guy saw him stashing his gear outside the bank and described hiim to the police.


DAMN! FUCK!!! This one deserved a getaway dammit! I hate stories with shitty endings.

Anthony J. Curcio, 28, is being held in the robbery.

Tip leads to arrest in "inner-tube" robbery

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2008352223_innertube05m.html

11/11/13 5:49 PM
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Genius!  Just curious as to HOW MUCH he got away with...


$400K is what he ran off with.

At least $220K was recovered at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

11/11/13 5:58 PM
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HOW HE GOT CAUGHT!

PASTED ARTICLE FROM ABOVE LINK:

Monroe police say a man who they believe carried out an elaborate armored-car robbery — involving an inner-tube getaway and unwitting decoys lured by a phony Craigslist ad — has been linked to the crime through DNA evidence.

Police said they recovered a "significant" amount of money Monday night when they arrested 28-year-old Anthony J. Curcio, of Lake Stevens, at a department-store parking lot. Curcio is being held in the Snohomish County Jail on a warrant for first-degree robbery.

Police allege Curcio, dressed in a blue shirt, safety vest, particle mask and work boots, pepper-sprayed a Brinks armored-car guard outside of a Bank of America branch in Monroe on Sept. 30, grabbed a bag of money and ran toward nearby Woods Creek. At the same time, a dozen or so men dressed in similar clothing and particle masks had gathered near the bank, lured by a Craigslist ad seeking landscape workers. Police believe the ad was placed by the robber.

As Curcio ran, police said, he dropped a pepper-spray canister, a smaller bag of money, a hat, a wig, sunglasses and a particle mask.

Police later found an inner tube along the creek, but no sign of the robber.

On Tuesday, police said they're not sure how the inner tube came into play, but they believe Curcio either escaped on the inner tube himself or used it to float the money downstream.

"It was a significant amount of money," said Monroe Police Department spokeswoman Debbie Willis. "It would have been heavy and hard to carry."

A woman who answered the door at Curcio's listed address in a new subdivision in Lake Stevens on Tuesday declined to comment. A Windemere real-estate agent for the Summer Hill development, Mark Pellegrino, said that the family had been having financial troubles. Property records show he faces foreclosure on a home in King County.

According to a birth notice that ran in The Everett Herald on Oct. 19, Curcio's wife gave birth to a baby daughter on Sept. 20, 10 days before the robbery.

Police said their break in the case came thanks to an observant citizen.

About three weeks before the robbery, a Monroe city employee was contacted by a homeless man who had found a pile of items behind a trash bin near the Bank of America.

The items included a black two-way radio, a yellow reflective safety vest, a black wig with a short ponytail, dark sunglasses, a large can of mace and a baseball cap, police said.

The homeless man watched as a man drove up to the trash bin in a silver car, gathered the items and left. He wrote down the license-plate number.

Willis said police believe the homeless man may have witnessed a failed attempt at a robbery or a practice run.

She said Monroe police tracked the license-plate number to Curcio and the FBI placed him under surveillance.

His DNA was collected without his knowledge when the FBI retrieved a container he'd been using as a chewing-tobacco spittoon. DNA from the container was matched by the State Patrol crime lab to that collected from the robber's discarded particle mask, police said.

Curcio has a history of convictions for drug violations. Police said Curcio may have used a laptop to hack into someone else's wireless service to post the phony Craigslist ad.

A 26-year-old friend of Curcio's, who was with him when police served the arrest warrant, was booked into jail for investigation of possessing stolen property. That man is not being named because he has not been charged.

Police said they are still investigating and that more warrants could be issued.

They said Curcio is not cooperating with investigators, and they still want to know what role the inner tube played in the robbery. They believe it may have been stolen. They are asking anyone with information regarding the yellow inner tube, or the robbery, to call the Monroe Police Department at FUC-KYOU-RATS. Anonymous information may be left on the department's tip line at FUC-KYOU-RATS.

 

That's it, homeless people are not to be trusted anymore. Go buy your own fucking coffee!!

11/11/13 5:59 PM
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Damn shame. If anyone deserved to get away with it, sounds like he was the guy.
11/11/13 6:09 PM
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Solid plan though Phone Post 3.0
11/11/13 6:09 PM
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LOL!

11/11/13 6:09 PM
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Fuckin homeless people always fuckin up the workin mans shit.
11/11/13 6:14 PM
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fuck the homeless

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