October 26, 2006

Coolest...Casino...Heist... Ever

So we found this awesome tale of a complex robber gone wrong on gambling planet.org:

The indictment and an FBI search warrant affidavit outline each step of the caper as follows: Alisic made fake manhole covers so they would be lighter and easier to lift, and then switched them with two others the day before the robbery. The men placed ladders and ropes in the manholes and parked an all-terrain vehicle in the sewer system so they could race the money from one manhole to the other.

Holes were cut in the floorboards of two vans for access to the manhole covers, a trick Steve McQueen pulled in 1972's "The Getaway."

The men's gear included blue coveralls, gas masks, pepper spray, bear attack deterrent, smoke grenades, cell phones, two-way radios, a 9-millimeter handgun and a plastic pellet gun.

On the night of the attempted robbery, Bakir Mujkic and Daniel Mujkic parked a white van across the street from the casino and then got into a Lexus to watch the robbery.

After ramming their green van into an armored car, Kabaklic and Alisic jumped out and sprayed one of the guards with pepper spray. The two grabbed bags of money and fled to the first manhole cover. They set off a smoke grenade, but couldn't raise the manhole cover.

So, the group fled. Scottsdale police nabbed Kabaklic as he tried to get away with a bag of money. The others were tracked down and arrested later.

Let this be a lesson for you would-be criminals. Keep It Simple Stupid! All the planning in the world means your capers have that much more chance to go wrong!

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Posted by Russell Miner at October 26, 2006 3:00 PM
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