ATM blagger cuffed after artificial leg falls off
California ne'er-do-well caught on the hop
A would-be ATM blagger was cuffed after losing his artificial leg during a police pursuit - thereby depriving him of the full complement of limbs required to show officers a clean set of heels.
According to AP, 48-year-old Gregory Daniels and an accomplice drove up to Pomona Ranch Market, California, last Tuesday at 3am, smashed a window and attached a chain from their pickup truck to an ATM. They ripped the machine from its mountings, loaded it onto the truck and made off with their prize.
Police duly chased the vehicle into a dead-end street in a residential neighbourhood, where Daniels' chum successfully legged it. Daniels, though, was quickly apprehended, as Sergeant E Vazquez explained: "Daniels was on the ground near the vehicle in an attempt to flee from officers. However, he was unsuccessful, as his prosthetic leg fell off."
The ATM was recovered, AP notes. Whether Pomona law enforcement pre-empted a possible jailbreak by confiscating Daniels' tin leg - a technique perfected by wartime German authorities when faced with the escape-prone Douglas Bader - is not reported. ®
... that this story should end up in 'Bootnotes' :)
The Bader link reminds me of the joke about the pilot who crashed in Germany during WWII. He was badly injured to the point that every couple of days the German doctors had to remove another limb due to infection. Before each limb was removed the pilot would ask if the doctors could package it up and send it home to England. While the doctors thought the request odd, they complied. Finally, the doctors had removed all limbs but his right arm. They approached him with the bad news that this would also have to be removed, and he made his usual request. "Nein" the doctors replied. "The gestapo thinks you're trying to escape"
Any lawyer would tell him that it would never stand up in court.