Friday, August 27, 2004

Sting stings police

It's not everyday I get to work a "Simpsons" reference into an editorial, but in this case it was perfect. No doubt, if the police plan had worked, I would have been advising criminals to check out cartoons on TV for the latest in police procedures.

Editorial, Sun Journal, Aug. 27:

Police were too cute by half to catch any real criminals with a dubious sting operation that went down Wednesday.

Twenty cops from 13 police agencies set up a sweepstakes scam in an attempt to catch 472 people wanted on outstanding property crime warrants in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.

A Rumford detective spent more than a year organizing the sting, which netted exactly zero criminals.

Police sent out a mailing to the wanted individuals announcing an "End of Summer Giveaway" by Sting Sweepstakes Control Center of Boston. Sting Sweepstakes, a tip-off perhaps?

Maybe police were auditioning their targets for a new episode of "America's Dumbest Criminals." They even used other police jargon as part of their promotional material. The gambit backfired, and it's the police who look foolish. ...


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