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The skinny: Some criminals almost catch themselves

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Some criminals almost catch themselves

Police in Chicago have arrested Hector Massas and charged him in the robbery of a Lincoln Park store. The police hailed Massas for his choice of getaway car: He hailed a taxi. "It's a good way to identify yourself and get caught," police spokesman John Mirabelli said. That probably wasn't what Massas was going for, but it's always nice to be complimented on the job you did. Massas got $110 in the robbery, which probably would have covered most of his fare had the police not tracked the taxi by GPS and intercepted it.

Once cops get there, forget the car

Police in Medford, Ore., rushed to the scene of an attempted robbery at a convenience store. Witnesses said that two men accosted a customer outside the store, pulled a knife and demanded money. The man freed himself and went back into the store. The two robbers ran away, leaving behind their car. That was going to be a really good clue. But it got better. While police were talking to witnesses in the store, the two men came back to get the car. That made it even easier for the witnesses to describe them and made catching them a cinch for police.


First typo is bad, but the second ...

We hate typographical errors and refuse to make fun of them. Because they hurt. So, this is in commiseration with the good people of Birmingham, England, who had to reprint 60,000 voting cards because of a mistake in the deadline. But it got really unfortunate when, after sending out the new and improved cards with the correct deadline, someone — actually, a lot of people — noticed that the city's name isn't actually "Birmingam," as it said on the card. A lot of helpful people called to point it out. Since the latest mistake wasn't a fact error, they're just going to let it slide and watch more carefully next time.

It's best to think before you ink

It's bad when the typos are on paper. It can be really expensive when the typos are literally etched in stone. But the person you want to have at least four people reading over their shoulder before they start permanently etching in their words is your tattoo artist. Especially when it's a tricky word like "beautiful." All those vowels in a row . . . it's so confusing. Alas, Amy Ullock went in to a tattoo shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and came out with ink that was one "u" short of beautiful. Instead, her arm informs readers "You are beatiful." She took the artist to court but lost when it was revealed that Ullock had approved a computer image of what ended up indelibly marking her, reports the Chronicle-Herald of Halifax. Ullock has since had another tattoo artist add a "u."

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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