Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A Very Merry Christmas in Ireland

Thieves in Ireland pulled off the biggest bank job in recent history on Monday, robbing the Northern Bank of over $39 million. While I don't find the fact that some bank in Ireland was robbed to be particularly interesting, what I do find amusing is some of the comments by the law enforcement there:
In one of the world's biggest robberies, thieves took the families of two top bankers hostage and forced the bosses to help them steal more than $39 million from the vaults of a Belfast bank's main office, authorities said Tuesday.
The tactics in Belfast - particularly the use of hostage-taking as a way to infiltrate a high-security target - suggested a level of sophistication and experience most commonly found within Northern Ireland's rival outlawed groups, particularly the Irish Republican Army.
So, they took the families of the bank managers hostage, and they all went to the bank to rob it... Therefore they must be sophisticated and are probably the IRA? Hmm... Here's an alternate, and simpler explanation: Maybe these people just watched the movie Bandits. Seriously. Here's a portion of a plot summary, for those of you who haven't seen it:
Becoming known as the "Sleepover Bandits", the two kidnap bank managers the night before their robbery, spend the night with their families, and then all go to the bank in the morning to get the dough.
So, I guess it was a pretty good plan. Who knew that a crazy movie idea could actually work in real life? Perhaps the bank should sue MGM for giving the criminals the idea.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go plan a casino robbery.

Source: My Way News via Drudge


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