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Robbers Google Their Way Into Safe

Posted By Robert Gorell On July 10, 2007 @ 4:03 pm In Google,humor | 2 Comments

Found this one over at Grok’s Blog Buzz [1]. Seems a couple of amateur thieves tried to Google their way into a safe [2] 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 [3]“? ;)


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[1] Grok’s Blog Buzz : http://today.grokdotcom.com/

[2] thieves tried to Google their way into a safe: http://www.gazette.com/articles/safes_24620___article.html/ackerman_google.html

[3] time spent: http://www.grokdotcom.com/2007/07/10/page-views-stink-but-time-spent-ha/

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