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Every successful scam is usually preceded by at least one spectacular failure. This is the story of one such failure.
Disclaimer - This is for entertainment purposes ONLY. I certainly don't endorse this or any other similar activity. For those thinking of trying this, I urge you to scroll down to the results of this particular event.
On a few occasions, I've been a fly on the wall during the planning stages of something truly stupid. Now normally, I'd never relate such a story. In this case, however, the parties involved already got their comeuppance, so I'm doing no harm by relating the following tale.
Participants Required - 3 (minimum)
Equipment Needed - 1 (one) firearm analog, 1 (one) automobile, one bag (preferably with a big dollar sign on it)
Risk factor - 8/10
Success Rate - 0%**
This scam involved one person, the insider, having a graveyard shift at a donut store. The individual was working alone. One other person was the getaway driver, and one person did the grease work.
**I've only heard of this being done once, and it was a spectacular failure. Still, it might be possible to pull it off.
The "plan" (and I use the term loosely) was pretty simple. One person had a job at a donut store at a busy intersection. He worked graveyard shift, and for a few hours in the early morning, he was the only one working in the store. Basically, it was to be a staged hold-up. The grease man would go in at the appointed hour carrying a pellet gun that looked real. He would "hold up" the inside man. The inside man would then hand over the cash, and the grease man would depart via the getaway driver. The resulting cash would then be split amoungst the participants. Sounds pretty simple, no?
Unfortunately, there's no such thing as "simple." It took exactly three days for the police to flatten the whole house of cards. The grease man was arrested for robbery and wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. He got 8 months. The inside man was fired from his job and, being a minor, received a fine and probation. I can't remember what became of the driver, but I think he got off entirely.
What went wrong?
First off, it was a rushed operation. It went from planning to execution in less than 4 hours. Had the participants prepared themselves properly, a lot of mistakes could have been avoided.
Next, there was flawed execution. When a person is robbed, they tend to look somewhat alarmed. They'd definitely be shaken. However, when police reviewed the surveillance tapes, it didn't look right. The cops have seen a lot of robbery tapes, so they can tell when the actions of the participants look fishy.
Third, all parties were not on equal footing. The planner of this escapade figured that since the inside man was huge and had a tough-sounding nickname (T-Bone), he'd be solid. However, upon interrogation, "T-Bone" folded like a deck of cards. Since the operation was so hastily planned, they didn't take into account that the inside man had the most important job. It was HE who had to call the police, have a consistent story, and be able to withstand police interrogation. The planner wrongly assumed that the grease man would have the toughest job, but that was not the case at all.
Lastly, the clean-up was rushed and not thought through at all. The grease man disposed of the weapon in a partially iced-over creek. While this was a safe precaution, he didn't remember that he had an almost identical second weapon in his fucking house. When the warrant was executed on his house, the police found that gun. They used this gun as evidence even though it was not actually used in the crime. Since the grease man was not about to correct their error, well, you can probably piece together what happened next.
So this entire operation was swimming in fail from the very beginning. The participants were all busted. But there was one saving grace. In the paper, the article's title was:
"Police Poke Hole In Donut Store Robbery Story"