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Bizarre Robbery Attempt | Autoblog Minute

Prince George's County Police Department posted security footage of an odd robbery attempt. Suspect stole a backhoe to break into an ATM in Maryland, and failed. Leaving behind $10K worth of damage.

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Dumbest place to attempt a robbery? Right in front of police officer

A crook got a steaming helping of justice after attempting to stick up a cabbie in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Monday. The robber was apparently too busy demanding money from the terrified driver to notice the police cruiser in the rearview mirror.

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Red Bull F1 factory raided by thieves, over 60 trophies taken

Infiniti Red Bull Racing was the victim of a smash and grab robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 6. Thames Valley Police said a silver 4x4 drove through the front entrance of the team's headquarters in Milton Keynes, England, and around six men in dark clothing stole more than 60 trophies from a massive case.

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Thieves target NYC U-Haul lots, steal 100s of catalytic converters worth nearly $400k

Type "stolen U-Haul catalytic converter" into a search engine and you'll get scads of results on the issue sourced from local papers all over the country. Conduct that same search on vehicles in general and the results will be numbingly numerous, trucks and vans the victims in almost all of them because thieves can easily crawl under them. The latest spate of saw-and-grab robberies seems to stem from the New York City area, with the New York Daily News reporting that burglars have stole

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Hear this 911 operator delay response, debate caller about 'carjacking' vs. theft

An emergency dispatcher in DeKalb, GA is under fire following a 911 call from a good Samaritan that had just witnessed a man rip a woman from her car and take off. In the call, the dispatcher proceeded to argue with the man over whether what he'd just witnessed was a carjacking (a type of robbery involving a weapon) or a theft (the lack of a weapon).

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Burger King worker halts hamburglars by stealing their getaway car

Even though he admitted to it, we're sure police won't be charging a California man with grand theft auto since his actions helped foil a robbery that was in progress. According to ABC News, an unnamed employee of a Burger King in Stockton, CA snuck out the back when two men entered the store with guns and demanded money.

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CA bank robber foiled by vanity plates bearing own name

There's no such thing as the perfect crime, but some criminals are clearly more perfect than others. According to UT San Diego, a man wearing latex gloves and sunglasses recently strolled into a Chase Bank in San Diego, pointed a gun at a teller and began demanding money. The teller wisely obliged, handing over $2,920 in cash before the robber took to his vehicle and fled in a white Ford Expedition. Onlookers were quick to jot down the v

Sauber engineers also ambushed in Brazil

Jenson Button wasn't the only member of Bernie Ecclestone's traveling Formula One circus victimized by Sao Paolo's rampant criminal element yesterday. Sauber Motorsport says that three of its engineers were also robbed after leaving the Interlagos circuit last night around 8pm. While stopped at a traffic light, the group's miniva

PSA: If you're going to rob your mechanic, it's unnecessary to pay for your repairs first

Police in Ypsilanti, MI had little trouble nabbing a thief suspected of holding up a repair shop employee at gunpoint because they knew exactly what car he was driving. The 24-year-old alleged robber dropped his vehicle off at the repair facility on Wednesday and came to pick it up on Friday. The man paid $200 for the repairs, but used the cold hard steel of a gun to request all the money in the register after being given his change. The man was given $500 from the register and he drove off in h