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Offline chrisild

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Two Stories from the Dumb Criminals Dept.
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:16:44 PM »
Actually these criminals were not really dumb - they just had, errm, bad luck. Both cases happened in North Rhine Westphalia (DE, EU) a few days ago ...

First there was the couple that went to a Bundesbank branch office in Düsseldorf, on April 7, in order to have some Deutsche Mark notes changed into Euro cash. The two handed a total of 16,850 DM over to the cashier ... who then thought the notes were odd.

Turned out that 16,800 DM were counterfeited notes; only 50 DM were authentic. The two were arrested by the police; according to experts, the counterfeits were of "average" quality. Article (in German):

And then there was the burglar who, on April 4, broke into a house in Lünen (near Dortmund) and stole precious objects worth more than €50,000. Among the objects that he took with him were about 140 German €10 collector coins, in BU and proof. Now that was a Friday - on Monday (Apr 7) the guy went to a bank in Dortmund and wanted to change the coins into "usable" money. Except that one of the bank employees was the man who he stolen the coins from ...

The "banker" quickly recognized his coins due to the combination of issues and grades. The burglar was arrested; in his apartment the police found even more "looted objects". Here is the police report (note that the "2006" should actually be a "2008") from Dortmund and here is the same story from a newspaper

Ah, sometimes it's not the bad guys who "win". ;)


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Re: Two Stories from the Dumb Criminals Dept.
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008, 12:30:16 AM »

Which reminds me of the two flaming idiots who'd robbed an old lady of her purse, driving off on a motorcycle away from the centre of Brussels. They incorrectly interpreted a barricade with some policemen as a trap for them and broke through. Actually, the barricade had been set up because of a series of high placed visitors and concerns about terrorism. Although a large force of security and policemen took them for terrorists, our antiheroes came through the hail of bullets unharmed, only to be arrested. The sentencing judge apparently told them they were a disgrace for the Belgian crime world.

But wait, there was also the confused British bank robber, who was told to get in line. While he was waiting, the Neanderthaler filled in an application form for a loan, complete with name and address before at last arriving at the window and demanding money at knife point.

Oh and then there was the gang of three American bank robbers that got stuck in the revolving door of the bank and had to be liberated by the bank staff. When they'd finally entered, they demanded money and the bank staff thought it was a joke, laughed and ignored them. The robbers stood around for a little while and tried again. This time, they got some money. They got stuck in the revolving door on leaving the bank.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Offline humpybong

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Re: Two Stories from the Dumb Criminals Dept.
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 12:37:47 AM »

Sounds like they did not have there "Good Luck" coin with them....... ::)

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