The Greatest Heist Ever

Seriously. I came across this on delicious today, and I don’t think I could get by without posting about it here.

From here

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.

He went down the river in an inner tube… With money… That already makes it an instant classic. Except…

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.

NOW it’s classic. He hired the workers to make them look exactly like him, so just so he could escape on an inner-tube! This guy must be McGyver or something!

Bush and co., are you listening? This is how you rob people blind!

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  1. LOL – HAHAHA now that is a classic – and for some strange reason I hope he gets away with it πŸ˜€ LOL

  2. he must be watching his crime tv shows very carefully! πŸ˜† the poor people who responded to his ad and became his ‘accomplice’!




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