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Curses, Foiled Again Police charged Shanwaz Khan, 30, with being the brains behind a car-theft ring in Birmingham, England, after he attracted their attention by driving a $90,000 Audi with the personalized license plates “S2OLUN” (stolen). “This was a clear jibe at the authorities,” Detective Constable Mo Azir said after investigators who noticed his car traced it to a group of high-end thefts and subsequently linked Khan to more than 80 car thefts and car jackings. “The joke is on him now, though, as he starts a long prison term.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)



News and Blues

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Curses, Foiled Again Investigators charged Ian Dishon Isabel, 29, with secretly recording girls using an elementary school restroom in Davenport, Iowa, after cameras found behind the toilets showed not only close-up images of children from the waist down, but also those of the man installing them. Isabel conducts an after-school program at Hayes Elementary. “Although the male’s face is not visible,” the police affidavit said, “his identification card can be seen hanging from a lanyard on his neck.” (Moline, Ill.’s WQAD-TV)



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Curses, Foiled Again British police arrested five members of a Liverpool gang for breaking into a clothing store after hours after they attracted the attention of customers at a bar next door with loud banging while using a sledge hammer to smash the door. The suspects were apprehended after a high-speed chase. Attorneys for the defendants conceded the heist was “well-planned but badly executed.” (Liverpool Echo)



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Curses, Foiled Again When a man pulled a gun on a bank teller in Pompano Beach, Fla., she rejected his demand for money and simply walked away from her bulletproof window. The robber fled empty-handed but left behind his holdup note, written on the back of an online job application with a user name and password belonging to Felipe Cruz, 39. “The robber has given us a clue,” FBI agent Michael Leverock said after investigators matched fingerprints on the note with Cruz’s. “He probably should have continued looking for honest work.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel)



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Curses, Foiled Again Australian police investigating the murder of Russell Hammond, 49, arrested Gareth Giles, 26, after they found his 18-point, step-by-step plan detailing the perfect murder, written two months before Hammond’s body was found. Supreme Court Justice Betty King said the murder plan corresponded with the actual killing in “a remarkable way.” (International Business Times)



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Curses, Foiled Again Before three men who broke into a lingerie store in Houston, Texas, could steal anything, one with a revolver backed into another holding a rifle. Surveillance video showed the jolt caused the rifle to fire, “which then spooked the suspects,” police Officer Jeff Brieden said. Believing they were being fired upon, both armed men opened fire, discharging nearly a dozen rounds, one of which went through a mannequin, before all three fled. (Houston’s KHOU-TV)



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Curses, Foiled Again British police arrested a 30-year-old man they said broke into a hotel in Gloucester but fell off the roof while making his getaway. He tumbled 40 feet and had to call emergency services to rescue him. He had a broken pelvis, leg and nose, a police official said, adding, “Suspected stolen lead piping and music equipment were discovered nearby.” (Gloucester Citizen)



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Curses, Foiled Again Authorities in Orange County, Calif., identified Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, as suspected serial killers because the two paroled sex offenders were wearing GPS trackers that placed them at the scene of four murders. “That was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said. (Associated Press)



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Curses, Foiled Again Michael Briggs, 38, was convicted of murdering an 82-year-old retired nun in Albany, N.Y., based on fingerprints found at the scene after police Sgt. Darryl Mallard noticed the toilet seat had been left up in the bathroom. Since the victim lived alone, Mallard guessed the killer was a man who had used the toilet. Fingerprints from the toilet’s handle matched those of Briggs, who was on parole for robbery. (Albany’s Times Union)



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Curses, Foiled Again Police investigating the burglary of a restaurant in San Mateo, Calif., arrested Keveen Quintanilla, 31, after he stopped to flirt with bartender Ashleigh Cullen, 22, who was taking out the recycling. “He said he’d seen me around and wanted to hang out, which was strange since it was already 1 a.m. when he approached me,” Cullen said. After she realized the restaurant had been burglarized, she gave police Quintanilla’s name and phone number. Pretending to be Cullen, officers texted the suspect and arranged a date, then arrested him when he showed up. (San Jose’s KNTV-TV)