Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fake Collar Bomb Part Of Extortion Plot?

I always enjoy reading about unusual crimes. I don't enjoy hearing that people are being victimized, but I do find something interesting about the ingenuity that some crooks are using when they ply their trade. This story out of Australia is one of those stories.

There was a story yesterday over at the Sydney Morning Herald that reported that the 18 year old daughter of a wealthy Aussie business man was accosted in her home by a masked intruder who locked what appeared to be a bomb to her body as part of what some are speculating to be an extortion plot.

The suspected bomb was attached to the young woman after a masked man burst into her family home about 2pm on Wednesday in Burrawong Avenue where she lives with her parents William and Belinda Pulver, reportedly one of Sydney's wealthiest families.

It sparked a tense, drawn out operation to secure her safety, which ended shortly before midnight when bomb disposal experts safely removed the device.

"It was affixed to her by a chain or something similar, which eventually took us a fair while to remove ... and that added to the trauma that Madeleine experienced and prolonged," Mr Murdoch said.

"There were some instructions left by the offender at the scene last afternoon and those instructions will provide us with further lines for inquiry," Mr Murdoch told ABC Radio.

"Those instructions also limited us somewhat last night in how quickly we could proceed.

"Certainly the instructions were precise, they were such that led us to believe that we were dealing with a very serious and legitimate threat."

The story also mentions that one of the first officers to arrive at the scene was a young female Aussie cop who in spite of the danger of what appeared to be a bomb, took it upon herself to stay with the victim and calm her down rather than evacuate and leave the frightened teen alone.

This story is reminiscent of a fatal bank robbery here in the US where an pizza delivery guy had a bomb locked around his neck and was forced to rob a bank. He was later caught by the police who watched helplessly as the bomb exploded while waiting for the bomb squad.

At least in this instance, there was a much happier ending.

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