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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Smooth Criminal" -- NOT!

The criminals in Boise can compete with the best of them in the "dumbest crook" category:
Boise Police arrested a 22-year-old man for check fraud when he reportedly left his drivers license at a local store after a clerk refused to cash a stolen payroll check...
...Boise police were called to a undisclosed retail store at Fairview Avenue and Cole Road at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday when store clerk reported that a man tried to cash a payroll check and then left the store after the clerk refused. The man, later identified as Landell, left his real driver’s license at the store. Store employees watched the man get into the passenger seat of the car and drive away. That information was passed on to Boise police, who found the car at a nearby store. When officers walked towards the car, the driver, later identified as Smith, ran away and got as far as the WinCo Foods store at Cole and Fairview before he was arrested.
Landell was arrested inside a nearby store, police said.
Officers found 30 checks inside the car which were reported stolen from an undisclosed Meridian business. Police are still investigating how the men got possession of the stolen checks, according to reports.
The article also mentions how the driver of the car was wanted on an outstanding $750,000 arrest warrant for a failure to appear charge.

Based on the mug shot of Landell (Smith's is here) my guess is they were planning on using the ill-gotten booty for some acne medication.

(Completey unrelated aside: Whenever I use the phrase "ill-gotten booty" -- which is much more often than I should -- I can't help but remember Hawkeye's line from an episode of M*A*S*H: "I made it publicly known that there were fingerprints to be found on the stolen articles. Thereby tempting the criminal to repeat his crime...and retrieve his ill-gotten booty. Or, his ill-booten gotty.")

Update 0800 24 Jan: Fixed the link to the main story, which now has less information than I quoted. The Idaho Statesman has an annoying-for-bloggers business rule where they pull the "breaking news" versions of the story from their website when they put up the version that actually goes in the paper, so we have to go back and fix the links the next day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wrote about a very common crime – stolen payroll checks

But you failed to recognize the true crime that occurred right before your eyes

Side note - the “best” thief knows how to steal without the victim even being aware that he(she) has been robbed

Every pay check you get has approx 15% “stolen”. You are told that this “stolen” money is gonna be returned to you in the future as retirement income and payment for future healthcare. Despite how anyone feels about the Democrats or Republicans, both parties have “stolen” that money from you and then had the gall to you that they are not gonna return your money. Please review this GAO report -

So, we can all have a good laugh about this “dumbest crook” but what about the “dumbest victim”?

and "copper bottom" talk ain't gonna help

~ theDdSs

1/24/2007 5:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not alone. I always connect that phrase to MASH also.

Also, "theDdSs," don't forget that taxes pay for many other services such as education, military, police, fire and rescue, public parks, etc. Its not all for your retirement and healthcare. Go enjoy a walk in the park and consider that the return of some of your money.


1/24/2007 6:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


you have brought up a very, very important issue and the core problem of this highway robbery

the Socical Security Trust Fund is being robbed by the "smooth criminal(s)" !!!

does it make any sense to take your retirement money to pay your daily expenses with the knowledge that when the day of retirement arrives you find that the money in the piggy bank has been "stolen"?

~ theDdoubleSstandard

1/24/2007 8:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This probably isn't a good time to educate you on the inner workings of the social security program, but believe me, there was never an intention to collect SS taxes and simply hold the money in an account until you retire. Do you think your bank keeps all of your money stacked in the vault, or do they use it for other things? Money flows in and out.


1/24/2007 9:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


trust me - i am well educated on the inner workings of the S.S. program and am wellaware that there really isn't a trust fund

what you haven't addressed is my point concering the "smooth criminal" mangement of the social security monies

BubbleHeads post concerns the theft of one payroll check

my comments reclects the theft of millions of payroll checks

~ theDdSs

1/24/2007 2:36 PM

Anonymous Shower Tech said...


1. to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, esp. secretly or by force: A pickpocket stole his watch.
2. to appropriate (ideas, credit, words, etc.) without right or acknowledgment.
3. to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance: He stole my girlfriend.
4. to move, bring, convey, or put secretly or quietly; smuggle (usually fol. by away, from, in, into, etc.): They stole the bicycle into the bedroom to surprise the child.

What definition are you using when you say the money is stolen. It might not be right what the government does with the money, but I know it is comming out of my check every money. The better question is what to do about what the government is doing with the money. I resent the fact that you call most of the United States that is working hard to support there familys "dumbest victims"

As for Socical Security i do not trust it so i am saving what i can so i wont have to depend on that money. Socical Security has been broken for a very long time but know one in government wants to fix it.

What the government is taking out of my check does not fit the definition of theft.

The question theDdoubleSstandard is what is your plan to fix it or is it your plan to just complain about it.

1/24/2007 5:14 PM


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