Bank surveillance photographs from the U.S. Bank, 14837 Pomerado Road, Poway, California, June 7, 2010.
Is there something about the holidays that brings out the crazy in the criminal element? In the last few days we’ve seen an onslaught of ridiculous and downright weird news. A pair of thieves tried to lasso an ATM machine and drive off with it—when that didn’t work they opted to run it down with their truck. Another man known simply as the “Geezer Bandit” has robbed 16 banks wearing an “elder” mask that makes him appear to look like a man in his 80s. Authorities caught on when a security camera captured him sprinting away. In a local shopping mall, police were called when unruly shoppers started to fight over the new Air-Jordan XI Retro Concord. The shoes are a collector’s item and highly prized. Authorities shut down the store and instructed shoppers to leave, an order they ignored. It’s unclear whether arrests were made. On a positive note, the FAA has given Santa’s sleigh the “all clear” sign for takeoff.
Andrew Blankstein, covers crime for the Los Angeles Times, honored as a Distinguished Journalist by the Society of Professional Journalists; Twitter:@anblanx