What looked like easy picking for a handbag thief turned out to be a surefire way to get arrested. From the thief’s perspective there was an unsupervised handbag sitting on the stoop, which he helped himself to. …Read More →
19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, A.K.A. the Barefoot Bandit was finally arrested after a two year run from the law. Harris-Moore is a serial thief that was wanted for stealing multiple cars, planes, and even more extravagant things like airplanes. He was captured in the Bahamas after stealing a speed boat and a high speed chase ensued. He would have gotten away again, but this time the police shot out the engine, leaving the bandit nowhere to go. …Read More →
After finding scorched carpet hidden under a strategically placed filing cabinet, BrickHouse Security employees turn to their own surveillance system to figure out exactly what happened. What they found was a cover up scandal engineered by the managers of their cleaning company, MD Building Services.
“All it takes is one spark to start a fire that can engulf a whole room in less than 15 minutes,” said Joe Hardiman, a BrickHouse Security employee and 20-year veteran of the Rockland County volunteer fire department. A statistic that Hardiman and the other 11,500 New York City firefighters see all too often. Little did Hardiman know that he would be citing this very statistic when explaining the potential disaster that he and his fellow coworkers faced at BrickHouse Security after a cleaning crew sparked an avoidable fire in their office.
The source of the fire was a vacuum cleaner whose frayed cord was taped together with non-electrical tape. All it took was one spark to ignite the cord and the newly installed carpet. What’s even worse? The cleaning company, MD Building Services, tried to cover up the scorched (and potentially smoldering) rug with a nearby filing cabinet to avoid blame. The office is located in a high rise building that houses commercial offices as well as over a thousand residents.
“The fact that the cleaning crew used a nearby filing cabinet to cover up the scorched rug to avoid blame is not only irresponsible, it’s down right foolhardy,” stated firefighter Hardiman. “When you install a rug, you use cement that contains volatile organic compounds, which can hugely increase the fire’s potential for survival and eventual re-ignition. By covering the fire’s source, the cleaning crew compounded the danger to the office and the residents of the apartment building by a hundred fold.”
The severity of the situation was revealed 13 days later when the filing cabinet was moved and the scorched rug was revealed. The security company referred to its surveillance tape and found all the evidence they needed to approach MD Building Services with the problem. “The tape shows the fire, the supervisor Luciano visiting the office to assess the damage, Luciano on the phone for over two minutes obviously speaking with his manager who in this case is Michael Redrup. The next part of the tape jumps to the filing cabinet miraculously moving 2 feet to cover the spot where the fire took place,” said Todd Morris, CEO of BrickHouse Security. “I knew I had to confront them about the potential danger they inflicted upon my office and the many residents of this building.”
When Morris called in MD Building Services Manager Michael Redrup and the cleaning crew’s direct supervisor Luciano, he began by asking them if they knew where the burn mark on the rug came from. Both Luciano and Redrup spent over three minutes crawling on hands and knees explaining that they had “no idea what it could be” and after inspecting the burn spot and concurring that it was probably from a “cigar or cigarette.”
“I asked them what would happen if something like that happened on a cleaning shift, and who would the cleaning crew potentially notify. They explained that the cleaners are instructed to call their direct supervisor (Luciano) who in turn is supposed to call his manager, in this case Michael Redrup,” explained Morris. “When I asked them if the cleaning crew had indeed called them in this case to alert them of the problem, both employees of MD Building Services insisted that they had not been notified.” Then Morris showed the two MD Building Services employees the video tape, clearly placing Luciano at the scene on the phone with whom is probably his manager, Michael Redrup.
“At first, Luciano tried to tell me that he was on the phone with another client, not indeed his manager. When I told him that we’re a security company and even have devices that can forensically determine who he was talking to, his tune changed.” Both men replied “it was bad judgment.” When the owner of MD Building Services, Michael Carlin was asked about the incident, he also responded that it was “bad judgment.” Carlin was unavailable for further comment.
No, this is not just a case of bad judgment. This is a case of reckless endangerment and it could have meant a fire severe enough to engulf the entire office as well as the adjoining office buildings. The combination of poor judgment, the use of shoddy equipment, and the blatant cover up attempt puts MD Building Services in a very poor light that should make any office owner wary of hiring this company.Read More →
It’s always amusing when a story comes across the wire where a thief is foiled by his own doing during a crime attempt. One such incident happened recently in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a 41 year old woman tried to hold up a man using a plastic gun. The victim, who was sitting in his car, was approached by the woman and told to hand over his money. When he responded by saying that he didn’t have any on him, the woman proceeded to hit her plastic gun on his head, which caused it to break in to pieces. That caused the man to realize that the gun was fake, so he proceeded to chase after her and even managed to grab the “gun” away from her. The woman was eventually taken in by police for aggravated robbery.
Later, she told a police officer “I guess I shoulda’ thought this through more” and “I’m just getting what I deserve.”
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When Bristol, England thief Jamie Dawey saw a handbag laying on the seat of an empty car, his worst instincts took over. Little did he know, the Volkswagen Passat he was stealing from was one of Avon and Somerset’s police’s covert capture cars, designed exclusively for catching criminals.
Outfitted with hidden video cameras, the CCTV images captured were enough evidence to secure a conviction and nine-week jail sentence for drug addict Davey, 27, of Sidmouth Road, Bedminster.
Prosecutor Robert Allen stated that the car was parked at the Templegate NCP car park in Bristol on June 26 at 9:45pm when Davey made his move.
The cameras capture Davey breaking in through the driver’s door and stealing a black leather wallet, silver iPod case, and brown canvas ladies bag worth a total of £65, belonging to the police. He then returned at 2:05am the next day and attempted to break into a Vauxhall Meriva parked next to the Passat.
Davey originally claimed to the court that although the main photo looked like him, it was not, but when the case officially came to court, the suspect changed his tune and admitted theft and interfering with a car in an attempt to steal.
The covert capture car is used all around Bristol to catch criminals. Police officers “bait” the car with items such as satellite navigation systems, handbags, car stereos and mobile phones. Davey is the latest of several hundred arrests since the tactic was introduced in 2006. Metigater Selina Hunt stated that Davey is a heroin and crack addict who has been trying to quit and that the incident was “an opportunist’s crime.”
Magistrates sentenced him to a total of nine weeks in custody for the offenses.
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In Rogers, Arkansas, a GPS “money tracker” slipped into a bag during a bank robbery allowed police to track the suspect and make an arrest Friday, July 3rd. The suspect is now being held on a $200,000 bond as he stands accused of robbing one bank and attempting to rob another. Anthony Timothy Barnes, 31, of Rogers faces two counts of aggravated robbery and a count of felony theft of property. The robbery charges are class Y felonies, meaning Barnes could receive a sentence of 10 to 40 years on each of the counts.
Barnes one-day crime spree both started and ended haphazardly. On Friday, a call at 3:16 P.M. made police aware of an attempted robbery at First Federal Bank on West Huston Road. The robber was unable to steal any money due to the bullet-proof glass protecting the tellers. …Read More →
April 9 – Imagine this Florida woman’s surprise when she saw burglars climb through her doggie door to rob her place. Using real-time video surveillance, Jeanne Thomas, watched the whole thing online from her computer at work. Immediately calling the cops, these burglars were surrounded in a matter of minutes leaving them to wonder “how did we get caught?”
Thomas set up a live video stream after her home was burglarized at last October. Busted!
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“Duct Tape Bandit” Kasey Kazee barged in to Shamrock Liquors in Ashland, Kentucky with duct tape wrapped around his head to conceal his face. While proceeding with this preposterous crime Kazee was met by store manager Bill Steele who had some duct tape of his own. Steele grabbed a wooden club wrapped in duct tape and proceeded to chase the masked moron outside into the store’s parking lot.
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Steele tackled the masked robber and wrestled him to the ground. The tussle eventually ended with “Duct Tape Kazee” battered and in a headlock. When police arrived on the scene and eventually removed the duct tape they questioned Kazee.
Kazee responded to police questioning and looked straight at the camera and said, “Do I look like the duct tape bandit to you?”
Store patrons also remarked on Kazee odd appearance when they noticed he had his shirt pulled over his head. They said it was reminiscent of the “cornholio” character of “Beavis & Butthead” fame. Kazee did manage to get his sticky fingers on a two rolls of coins from the liquor store.
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