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Stupid Case File for April 9, 2006

Look, Ma! The Camera Got a Good Shot of Me!

Thanks to BionicBuddha for the story!

Courtesy of The Standard

By the time it was over, the robber was just a loser stuck in a window.

He’d lost his knife.

He’d lost his mask.

He’d not even managed to steal a dime.

And the whole thing was caught on a security camera.

Police aren’t entirely sure what the man was trying to accomplish by jamming himself in a Tim Hortons drive-thru window in St. Catharines early Thursday. It certainly wasn’t the best-planned robbery attempt they’ve investigated.

Police said they have the bandit’s knife and mask and are reviewing the security footage of the failed robbery.

Niagara Regional Police spokesman Constable Sal Basilone said the bizarre incident happened around 12:30 a.m. at the Tim Hortons at 579 Carlton St.

An older-model, four-door blue car pulled up to the drive-thru window. The driver began to pay for coffee.

Basilone said the driver’s accomplice, armed with a knife and wearing a black mask, suddenly tried to leap through the tiny drive-thru window.

And got stuck.

Police said the man was suspended off the ground, half his body in the store, the other half dangling outside.

“During the course of this incident, while he is struggling in the window, he came into contact with a female employee,” Basilone said. “He was armed with a knife and managed to strike her with it. However, the injuries were so minor, they did not even require medical attention.”

The bandit tried to reach for the cash register, but was unsuccessful

Being stuck as he was, he couldn’t reach it, police said.

After a few minutes of thrashing about, the now-unarmed and unmasked felon freed himself from the window and was driven away in the blue car.

Police said the pair left without getting any money.

Basilone said the car was last seen heading toward Bunting Road.

He said the mask and knife have been sent to the forensics investigation unit for analysis. The NRP video unit and St. Catharines district detectives are reviewing the security tape.

Basilone said the driver of the blue car is described as a thin, white male in his 30s or 40s ,with dirty blond hair.

The robber who got himself stuck in the drive-thru window is reported to be 5-foot-8 and weighing about 140 pounds. He was wearing a blue or black jacket with white piping down the sleeves.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call the St. Catharines detective office at 905-688-4111, ext. 4272, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Blogger SJ said...

They had the thinner guy drive ... that's dumn awrite!

April 10, 2006 1:01 AM  

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