Here's an example of schmucky logic: A person who was just robbed will have to replace the items taken -- so why not swipe stuff from someone and then sell it back to him or her? After all, you know they need it.
Answer: Because the guy or gal will recognize the stuff and call the cops -- which is exactly what happened in the case of three juveniles who allegedly snatched a video-game system and then pitched their victim to buy it. Get the details below.
The story comes to us from the Denver Police Department, whose online minions shared it on the DPD Facebook page.
This past weekend, according to the account, a woman returned home to discover she'd been burglarized, with the thieves apparently gaining entry through a window.
Among the items missing: a portable gaming system and a jacket.
The woman promptly called the cops. But the robbery had unnerved her -- so rather than waiting at her place, she arranged for officers to meet her in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.
While waiting there, three juvenile males sauntered up and asked her if she wanted to buy...a portable gaming system -- which bore a remarkable resemblance to the one that had just been heisted.
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Bonus: A juvie was wearing a jacket that looked a helluva lot like hers.
As luck would have it, an off-duty cop was at a gas station next to the restaurant. He contacted the trio and called for backup, and within moments, they'd be placed into custody on suspicion of burglary.
No word if there will also be a stupidity investigation, but one is probably in order.
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