Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Short Con Week 31- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Robbers take millions in cash in early-morning heist
By Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Aug. 02--ST. LOUIS -- Bandits pulled off a daring armored-car heist early Monday morning and fled with millions in cash, the guards' weapons -- and the armored car itself. "

That's enough to catch anyones eye.  Here in Maine, there are very few armored-car heists.  I've seen a few around town, but honestly, anyone hoping to steal one would have to have a dynamite getaway plan.  There are very few escape routes, and even fewer major highways.  The state isn't exactly crawling with cops, but I find it hard to believe that  a large Brinks truck could disappear without anyone spotting it.  Hell, I'm surprised when a convenience store is held up and the criminal isn't caught within two days.  With a population of less than a million, it seems everyone does indeed know everyone.

So when it comes to reading about crime in the local newpaper, I get the short stick.  There is a murder every once in a while, but mostly it's all drug busts and assaults.  As a parent and upstanding citizen, that's good news.  As a crime junkie, not so much.

This month, because it's non-fiction month, I'm going to search through online newspapers, looking for interesting stories and solid crime reporting.  I welcome suggestions for newspapers and writers.

Did I forget to mention the whole non-fiction thing?

To see more of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.stltoday.com.   For updates on the armored-car story go to http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_46b7ff9e-9e2f-11df-9608-0017a4a78c22.html

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