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Police say they've caught the armored truck robber who craftily recruited a crowd of unwitting, identically-dressed accomplices on Craigslist to serve as decoys for his getaway. On Monday, 28-year-old Anthony Curcio was nabbed by FBI agents and local police in a Target store parking lot on suspicion of robbery of the first …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Awww...

    ...I was kind of rooting for the guy. He had class.

  2. Moss Icely Spaceport
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    Almost a smart guy....

    ...unfortunately for him, it's not so.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Good effort

    Like the plan, particularly the flashmob-distraction tactics. Well thought-out, and reasonably well-executed.

    Nice to see it got foiled by some smart guy being suspicious of odd stuff and so making an innocuous note of the licence plate. Smart work.

  4. Anony mouse
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    Awwwwwwwwww.

    So close...

    Free the craiglist one.

  5. N1AK

    Better effort than most

    To be fair to this guy his plan was about a hundred times smarter than most robbers could manage. Getting caught because of a vigilant (or nosey) citizen spotting something slightly related a couple of weeks earlier and bothering to tell the police was plain bad luck.

    note: He, like most criminals deserves to be caught and punished, my point is merely that he applied more thought than most.

  6. Steve

    Shame

    It was such a great plan I kind of wanted him to get away with it.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Booo.

    Sloppy tradecraft let a good caper down.

  8. Simon B
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    Top policing and well done to that observant person! Shame more aren't like that

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    More likely someone snitched,

    unlikely someone jotted down a number plate.

    Police lie don't they, there really should be a law against it.

  10. andy gibson
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    What a hero

    He even stole the inner tube for his escape and someone else's wireless to create the caper! I bet he even nicked the unique choice of clothes from someone's washing line.

  11. TeeCee Gold badge

    He's properly cattle-trucked then.

    "....using someone else's wireless signal from his laptop,....."

    Robbery - 6 months.

    Assault - 18 months.

    Unlawful access to a computer system with criminal intent - oops, that'll be the one where the key gets thrown away then.

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    his biggest mistake

    Was not working in the banking or wall street trader industry where he could have stolen billions and never been questioned and never serve a day.

  13. John Doe

    It'll be easier to organise flash mobs in prison

    Even easier when everybody wears the same outfit! :-)

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