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Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Robbers Google Their Way Into Safe

By Robert Gorell
July 10th, 2007

Found this one over at Grok’s Blog Buzz . Seems a couple of amateur thieves tried to Google their way into a safe at the last minute.

The burglary at Bigg City, formerly Mr. Bigg’s Family Fun Center, turned into a comedy of errors early June 10. The burglars tried to disable a security camera by repeatedly spraying it with WD-40 . . . and spent an hour and 15 minutes trying to open three safes, apparently unaware that some types require the dial to be turned two or three times.

They finally did a Google search for “how to open a safe” and “how to crack a safe” on a computer in the next room.

“They’re not professional safe people,” said Colorado Springs police detective Chuck Ackerman. “No, they’re not.”

On the other hand, the Google query apparently worked: The burglars haven’t been caught, and they did get about $12,000.

But if they had done their homework on Bigg City, they hadn’t studied other principles of burglary. The WD-40 dripped off the camera within 30 seconds, Ackerman said. They did it eight or nine more times.

“The first few times it actually cleaned the lens and made it a better picture,” Ackerman said.

They also sprayed a fire alarm, apparently thinking it was a camera.

An hour and 15 minutes, eh? How’s that for “time spent“? ;)

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  1. Wonderful planning. I wonder if Bigg City will try and hold Google accountable for facilitating a burglary…

  2. that is classic. And they actually got away. Makes me reconsider my line of work hah.

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