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(The Times Union)   A slow way to get rid of $31,000 in red-dyed bank robbery loot: Feed it into laundromat change machines   (timesunion.com) divider line 44
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2004-07-17 11:05:18 AM
Oooh, I get first shot?

Guess he was consfused as to the meaning of "launder".
 
2004-07-17 11:12:28 AM
That's actually a pretty cool idea. That, or bringing those bills to a strip joint.
 
2004-07-17 11:13:57 AM
Coke/Pepsi machines maybe? LOL
 
2004-07-17 11:18:34 AM
There is a bank in a neighboring po-dunk town thats been held up 3 times in the past 2 months. Every time they're hit the person gets away, dispite efforts from 3 county, 2 city and state police forces PLUS Coast Guard doing arial searching.

You would think that after the second time they would have thought of some way to make the money more traceable.

/out the door with ski mask in hand
 
2004-07-17 11:20:49 AM
.. so he jumped through a plate glass window.. smart

he was watching too many movies.. where they 'didn't' slit their arteries open.. of course he did. :b
 
2004-07-17 11:25:05 AM
wow nicknamed capone or raheem. well which is it the most recognizable crime figure of the 20th century or raheem?


i am guessing raheem, and he gave himself the nic 'capone'
 
2004-07-17 11:28:09 AM
Leo Reed

Little Leo never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York city is the place where they said:
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I Said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side
 
2004-07-17 11:29:02 AM
Shoulda just given the money to this guy:

 
2004-07-17 11:29:20 AM
Hoffman and Nigro car washes?

What's a Hoffman?
 
2004-07-17 11:32:24 AM
hey this guy's from my hometown! i always knew someone from hamilton would make it big besides those no-talent mama's boys, the strokes.
 
2004-07-17 11:32:41 AM
I can't believe what a bunch of nerds we are! We're looking up money laundering in a dictionary!
 
2004-07-17 11:34:05 AM
I bet this braniac tried bleaching the money too.
 
2004-07-17 11:37:22 AM
Rinse. Repeat. Wipe hands on pants.
 
2004-07-17 11:37:45 AM
This sounds like half of a Mitch Hedberg joke.
 
2004-07-17 11:42:57 AM
Well, give them credit for at least making the EFFORT not to get caught.
Still, that's a butt-load of quarters they're going to have.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-07-17 11:44:47 AM
Does the red dye wash off? (bills or people)
 
2004-07-17 11:50:02 AM
On three separate occasions beginning June 29 in Troy, tainted bills were found in the currency change machine at the Aquabrite on 15th Street, which lost hundreds of dollars, spokesman Detective Sgt. John Riegert said. "He's out the dye money."

Why is he out the dye money? It's still legal currency, it's the BANK that defaced it. Why should it not be able to be deposited (and then given back to the treasury to be destroyed)?
 
2004-07-17 11:54:39 AM
Because its taken in as evidence. Police usally don't "buy" thier proof.
 
2004-07-17 11:56:55 AM
Humans. What can you say?
 
2004-07-17 12:00:04 PM
Why am I not suprised that Troy is somehow involved in something stupid?

/Family escaped from Troy in a balloon during the Carter Administration
 
2004-07-17 12:04:09 PM
I feel sorry for the change machine owners, but from what I remember, after it's finished being used as evidence, stolen merchandise, or money, is returned to it's rightful owner, which is the bank.

Think of having your TV stolen, and the crook pawns it. The cops find it in a hock shop. Who do you think should get to keep it? You, or the hock shop?
 
2004-07-17 12:04:50 PM
We've also had a bank in Albany that's been robbed twice where the robbers got away on bicycles.

Why am I not suprised that Troy is somehow involved in something stupid?

Because it's been voted the armpit of NYS several years in a row?
 
2004-07-17 12:09:03 PM
How about using them in those automated supermarket check-out lines? You know, the ones that fool you into doing the work of the checker.
 
2004-07-17 12:19:21 PM
trying to escape, Reed dove through a plate-glass window and landed on a balcony, severely slashing his leg



You learn crap like that from Hollywood you know. He should sue MGM.

 
2004-07-17 12:21:37 PM
why was this guy on the street?? $400,00.00 bail????
 
2004-07-17 12:31:41 PM
was it just me or was that story front-loaded with lots of decade-talk? i mean, there were only TWO decades between the current one and the 1970s. it seem statistically likely that variation would occur like that.

i just mean, what the hell does the "possibility of this being the deadliest decade since 2 decades ago" mean when you're 3 years into the decade? little if nothing.

this story just seems to be hullabaloo.
 
2004-07-17 12:56:05 PM
Because its taken in as evidence. Police usally don't "buy" thier proof.

Yes, but the bank in question should pay this guy and then take the bills back after the trial is over.
 
2004-07-17 01:16:58 PM
Gives a whole new deffinition to money laundering, doesn't it...

Change machines. Never thought of that. Will have to remember that one when I go on my crime spree...
 
2004-07-17 01:24:13 PM
doccm9
"We've also had a bank in Albany that's been robbed twice where the robbers got away on bicycles.

I'm surprised you remember that. You must have been pretty young at the time. To be precise, it was one thief, who did it twice, on an orange Schwinn 10 speed. I forget the name of the bank, but it's at the corner of Morris, and New Scotland. I know way too much about that one. The robber died about 15 years ago. It's along story, but if anyone's interested, I'll tell it.

You really had to be there. It was hysterical.
 
2004-07-17 01:35:51 PM
I'm surprised there are so many Albany Farkers -- I actually grew up in Colonie although I live in NYC now.

There seems to be no shortage of stories like this from around there. :)
 
2004-07-17 01:43:31 PM
Yes! Double wammy for my places of residence! Money laundering in Troy (go to RPI there) plus a capture in Lawrenceville (home town/summer residence)! Them crazy troylets, what ya gonna do?

/will drive by local Ho Jo to check it out
 
2004-07-17 01:52:18 PM
eraser8

How about using them in those automated supermarket check-out lines?


More likely to be cameras at a bank than a cheapo laundromat/car wash would be my guess
 
2004-07-17 02:04:04 PM
Yes, but the bank in question should pay this guy and then take the bills back after the trial is over.


How would that work exactly? The bank would be out the money then. Guy robs bank. Guy exchanges stolen bils for quarters. Guy spends quarters. Bills are recovered from change machine and returned to their rightful owner, the bank. Since the quarters were already spent and are unrecoverable, someone is going to be out that money. It sucks for the change machine owners, yeah, but once the bills are stolen from the bank everyone who takes them (knowingly or unknowingly) is SOL because they're dealing in stolen currency. If the quarters could somehow have been traced then they would have been recovered too and those people would have been out the money instead.

 
2004-07-17 02:24:17 PM
he shoulda talked to the guy with 1,000,000 pennies...
 
2004-07-17 02:24:32 PM
Thats just farkin' smart as all hell.
 
2004-07-17 02:43:12 PM
I hope that he posted his bail in 1.6 million quarters.

/also lived in Albany for a year.
 
2004-07-17 03:07:20 PM
TommyymmoT: tell us the story, old man!
 
2004-07-17 03:15:35 PM
Much easier way: take them to the nearest Indian casino and run 'em through the dollar slots, $500 at a shot.

They file over $1200 in winnings at a payout with the IRS, so.. just don't play, just hit the change out button and walk your tokens or ticket over to the dealers for a quick set of clean $100 bills.
 
2004-07-17 04:02:19 PM
I bet casinos would have cameras on all the slot machines, though. They would at least have picture IDs of everyone at the machine that day.

Also: Winter of our Discontent. There's some good bank-robbing tips for ya, in 4 easy steps. I can't remember the order... but...

1. Do it alone, don't tell anybody.
2. Don't get any girls involved.
3. Spend it a little at a time.
4. Don't do it if you've ever had anything on your record before.

Awesome book besides.
 
2004-07-17 04:44:50 PM
That, or bringing those bills to a strip joint.

Poor girls would think they're on their periods...
 
2004-07-17 05:01:26 PM
halkun
Because its taken in as evidence. Police usally don't "buy" thier proof.


Lawyer: Do you recognize this bill?
Witness: Yes, that is one of the $5 bills stolen from our bank.
Lawyer: Let the record show that the witness has identified people's exhibit 00001. And do you recognize this bill?
Witness: Yes, that is one of the $5 bills stolen from our bank.
Lawyer: Let the record show that the witness has identified people's exhibit 00002. And do you recognize this bill?
Witness: Yes, that is one of the $5 bills stolen from our bank.
Lawyer: Let the record show that the witness has identified people's exhibit 00003. And do you recognize this bill?
Witness: Yes, that is one of the $5 bills stolen from our bank.
Lawyer: Let the record show that the witness has identified people's exhibit 00004.

etc.
 
2004-07-17 06:44:21 PM
This always puzzles me. It's not like these dye packs are some big secret. Were I to be loopy enough to rob a bank I'd just:

1) have them pass me the bill stacks one at a time.
2) snap the paper band and rifle the bills.
3) find the dye pack and flip it back at the teller.
4) err... Profit!

Or maybe just dump all the bill stacks in some kind of radio signal blocking bag so the dye pack doesn't activate.

How stuff works on this at:
http://money.howstuffworks.com/question671.htm
 
2004-07-17 06:57:22 PM
I knew a guy that did something very close to this but he did it in a video arcade. Then spent almost half the money playing games
 
2004-07-17 09:29:10 PM
I just realized, that AquaBrite in Troy...that place is 2 doors down from my old college apartment. I lived there until about 3 months ago.

Crime in Troy. Who'd have thunk it?
 
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