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by Peter Moskos

March 6, 2010

I got a plan. It can't go wrong.

This story blows me away both in terms of chutzpa and stupidity.

Say you're NYPD and need some extra money. Work overtime in the three-four? Naw. You don't play that game.

Instead... rent five vans, hire 16 day laborers, and then go to a perfume warehouse in Jersey where you have a connection. Then wave your real badge and gun around while yelling, "NYPD! Hands up!" Tie up eleven employees. Three hours after the start of the robbery, one of victims, says the Daily News, calls 911. According to the Times:
When the police arrived, two of the rental trucks were at the scene. Officials traced those to a rental agency and found that Officer LeBlanca had paid $205.79 for one of the trucks with a Visa debit card, which was subscribed and billed to his home in Manhattan, the court papers said. He and Officer Checo had also provided information from their driver’s licenses, the court papers said.
Really? That was your brilliant plan?

What would do with a million dollars of perfume anyway? You sell it for what, twenty cents on the dollar? Minus expenses and divided by a crew of six, that comes out to about $33,000 per person. I guess it wouldn't have been bad money for a few day's work... if you weren't so stupid.


IrishPirate said...

This is like a bad TV episode.

It's good for the NYPD that these geniuses screwed up early and off duty.

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