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Foiled by tacos, foiled by peppers, foiled by compass

Criminally stupid

Part of perfect crime is not posting it on Web

Even if you are very proud of yourself for figuring out how to scam a taco joint for a free lunch, it is poor practice to shoot a video on how you do it and post it on YouTube. Robert Echeverria, 32, is seen on the video calling the Del Taco in Rialto, Calif., and telling the manager that he is a high-powered CEO who had a problem with a previous order. Then he sends his cohorts to the restaurant to pick up the "correct" order. Then they eat tacos and laugh. Somewhere in there, they gave their phone number, which made it easier for police to find them when they saw the video. Echeverria got 30 days in jail, three years' probation, and is banned for life from the Rialto Del Taco. "I tried to get him to stay away from all Del Tacos, but the judge said just the one," Deputy District Attorney Doug Schaller said.

Careful where you point pepper spray

Two bank robbers in Poland have learned to check the wind patterns of the heating units before conducting a heist. The men told the cashier to open the till, then planned to hit her with pepper spray, rendering her out of commission while they emptied the loot into their bags. But as they sprayed, the heater kicked in and blew the pepper spray back into their faces. They staggered blindly out of the bank. "They only managed to escape because they had a pal outside in a getaway car," said a police spokesman. They are still on the loose.

Bad planning

Stowaway's fatal flaw was direction

A man trying to sneak his way into England had a plan. He jumped on top of a truck in the coastal town of Calais, France, and hid in the wind deflector on top of the cab. But he made a terrible mistake in his plot: He jumped on top of a truck that was heading east, not west, on an aid trip to Kosovo. After sitting on top of the truck for about 50 miles, and knowing that he should have been in England after less than half that, he figured out his mistake and began banging on the roof of the truck. "It was a huge surprise," driver Tom Conlin to the Sun. "When we stopped the man climbed down, mumbled 'very sorry' and ran off."

Update

Gambler ban

A man who put himself on a list to be banned from casinos cannot take himself off the list, according to an appeals court in Atlantic City, N.J. Known only as "S.D." in the filings, the man put himself on the list after a really bad night at the casino in July 2004. He started trying to take himself off the list about an hour later, with no more luck at that than he had at the casino. "S.D. has no fundamental right to gamble, constitutionally or statutorily," the court wrote. S.D. started working vehemently to get off the list since learning casinos in Las Vegas would ban him also. There was no report as to how much S.D. has lost to lawyers trying to get him back into the casinos.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Foiled by tacos, foiled by peppers, foiled by compass 03/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:44am]
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