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Read about a few twisted crooks that got more than they bargained for

By Emma Kae - 8th November 2001 - Back to News

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This e-mail excerpt is sure to make you smile… and grateful that you are not reading this from behind bars…

The North Shore Times News crime column reported that a man walked into Brookvale McDonalds at 8:50AM, flashed a gun and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because she said she couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered a Big Mac, the clerk said they weren't available until 10:30 am as only the breakfast menu was on offer. Frustrated, the man walked away.

Two men tried to pull the front off an ATM machine in Adelaide's Hindley Street by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their Toyota Landcruiser. However, instead of pulling the front panel off the machine they pulled the bumper off their 4WD. Scared, and attracting attentionfrom oncoming traffic, they left the scene and drove home. The chain was still attached to the machine, their bumper still attached to the chain and with the vehicle's license plate still attached to the bumper. They did not use a stolen car.

A man walked into a Seven-Eleven, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? Fifteen dollars.

One man wanted alcohol very badly. He decided that the ideal plan would be to throw a brick through a liquor store window, reach in and grab the alcohol and run. So he lifted the brick and heaved it over his head at the window with all his might. The brick bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexi-Glass. The whole event was caught on videotape, which the store owner consequently sold for use on TV.

As a female shopper exited the Campbelltown K-Mart in Queen Street, a man grabbed her purse and ran. A shop assistant at K-Mart called the police immediately and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police had apprehended the snatcher, trying to mingle in the shopping crowd on Queen Street. They put him in the car and drove back to the K-Mart store. The thief was then taken out of the car and up to the K-Mart front desk and told to stand there for a positive ID, to which he replied; "Yes, Officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."


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