Justice October 31, 2008 7:41 AM   Subscribe

Follow up, they caught those fools!

So a while back someone broke in and took my tv. I live in a quaint historic neighborhood and never had any problems. Then the breakins started, all over the neigborhood. Someone finally got them on camera. That same early evening, they hit my next door neighbors house.

Then my boyfriend saw them! Saw them walking down the street! He called the police and we saw this headline this morning.

Woohoo!
posted by stormygrey to MetaFilter-Related at 7:41 AM (62 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

This is a job for the resolved tag!

(And Yay!)
posted by Jofus at 7:46 AM on October 31, 2008


I'm glad to hear that!

Two questions though: why on earth would these guys just steal TVs? It seems like there must be more valuable, fungible, and lighter stuff in the house.

Who is paranoid enough to have that many security cameras at their residence? I'm glad they did, but it still seems like overkill.
posted by grouse at 7:55 AM on October 31, 2008


The Grant Park website has a nice rundown, including a pic with a gun.

Grant Park is a nice area of Atlanta; I'm glad the Internet is once again the hero.
posted by plexi at 7:59 AM on October 31, 2008


Wow--please tell me that was a tape-saving motion-detection camera, and that it didn't really take them half a second to steal a giant flatscreen TV.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:59 AM on October 31, 2008


So did you get the TV back?

Yeah, doubt it. But did you end up doing the insurance claim for the TV and windows?

Thank god criminals are dumb.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:02 AM on October 31, 2008


It apparantly took them about 60 seconds.
posted by stormygrey at 8:02 AM on October 31, 2008


"two counts of theft by taking"

As opposed to what, theft by giving??
posted by advil at 8:02 AM on October 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


I saw the headline - glad they caught the guys!
(I am waving from Midtown)
posted by pointystick at 8:03 AM on October 31, 2008


As opposed to what, theft by giving??

Theft by deception.
posted by The Straightener at 8:06 AM on October 31, 2008


as opposed to theft by deception, and probably others.

Great story, thanks for posting!
posted by theora55 at 8:07 AM on October 31, 2008


why on earth would these guys just steal TVs?

Indeed they didn't. The article claims they stole TV's, laptops, and digital cameras.
posted by mrmojoflying at 8:11 AM on October 31, 2008


As opposed to theft by election.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:12 AM on October 31, 2008 [16 favorites]


There's also theft by finding in the UK. You know the Rolex that you found on the street isn't yours, so you have to make reasonable efforts to find the owner.
posted by grouse at 8:23 AM on October 31, 2008


There's also "theft by receiving" when you receive stolen goods.
posted by CKmtl at 8:25 AM on October 31, 2008


And theft by omission is where you buy someone a Christmas present and then decide to keep it yourself.
posted by DU at 8:47 AM on October 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Theft by emission is where you smelled it without having actually dealt it.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:51 AM on October 31, 2008 [11 favorites]


advil: ""two counts of theft by taking" As opposed to what, theft by giving??"

There are apparently 10 types of theft in Georgia:

• Theft by Taking
• Theft by Receiving
• Theft by Conversion
• Theft by Deception
• Theft of Services
• Theft by Extortion
• Theft by Bringing Stolen Property Into the State
• Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property
• Entering Auto
Theft by Shoplifting
posted by Plutor at 8:59 AM on October 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'll come in again. AMONGST OUR CRIMES ARE SUCH DIVERSE ELEMENTS AS, theft by taking, theft by receiving...
posted by DU at 9:02 AM on October 31, 2008 [12 favorites]


Awesome!
posted by studentbaker at 9:04 AM on October 31, 2008


Entering Otto totally stole the 2007 pr0n awards!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:11 AM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


The theft we got thieves pretty good. Theft by takin', uh, what's some-a them other kinds-a theft we got?
posted by uncleozzy at 9:22 AM on October 31, 2008


Theft by transmogrification.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:37 AM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Theft by digestion, which is also its own form of eventual giving.
posted by mrmojoflying at 9:44 AM on October 31, 2008


I've been following this story too. Glad they caught them. Waving from Henry county and will soon be moving your way!!
posted by pearlybob at 9:45 AM on October 31, 2008


*waving from your basement, next to the broken window*
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:54 AM on October 31, 2008


Then there's theft by property - though some think that's a redundancy.
posted by googly at 9:58 AM on October 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


Don't forget theft by cardiology, where I steal your heart.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:07 AM on October 31, 2008 [12 favorites]


That's great!

I had to chuckle, the burglars lived on a street called Mark Trail.
posted by marxchivist at 10:09 AM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Theft by the grizzled beard of Odin.
posted by Jofus at 10:18 AM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love that video, it makes me want to get a home security cam just to see time-elapsed videos of the outside world. But how do you keep the camera system itself from being stolen? Also, I live in an apartment...
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 10:20 AM on October 31, 2008


You might not be so celebratory when you find out what they did to your toothbrushes.

(Just kidding, well done, Deputy.)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2008


But how do you keep the camera system itself from being stolen?

TCP/IP enabled mini-machine guns on motorized mounts.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


Theft ... by Calvin Klein.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:25 AM on October 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


twoking

Taking without consent.
posted by Zambrano at 10:26 AM on October 31, 2008


How do you feel now? Thank god you weren't home when it happened.
posted by cashman at 10:36 AM on October 31, 2008


Twocking, not twoking.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:39 AM on October 31, 2008


Theft by Hollywood: stealing two hours of my life with that piece of crap you call a film
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 10:57 AM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


...as opposed to theft by government bailout.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:13 AM on October 31, 2008


theft by that no good excuse for a girlfriend who probably sold it all on ebay anyway, that is, the stuff she didn't leave shattered or soaking in the bathtub, which, by the way, was overflowing which is why i had to come home in the first place when the landlord called because of the water running into the apartment downstairs, and we already were on tough ground with them because of the incident with the dogs, don't even get me started on that - that's her fault to. the rotten wench.
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:33 AM on October 31, 2008


Theft by she left his amplifier.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:56 AM on October 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Reductio ad absurdum is STEALING the value from an argument!
posted by Free word order! at 12:05 PM on October 31, 2008


The act of taking a person's beverage and really quickly replacing it with bodily fluids: theft by transubstantiation.
posted by CKmtl at 12:24 PM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Theft by cardigan!
posted by mwhybark at 12:29 PM on October 31, 2008


Theft by curious?
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:13 PM on October 31, 2008


Theft By tor the Snow Dog.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 1:21 PM on October 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Theft by Hiding My Favorite T-Shirt In Your Stuff After You Broke Up With Me and Moved Out.
posted by steef at 2:11 PM on October 31, 2008


I theft my teef ab home.
posted by dg at 2:27 PM on October 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow--please tell me that was a tape-saving motion-detection camera, and that it didn't really take them half a second to steal a giant flatscreen TV.

That was hilarious.

Awesome followup, thanks!
posted by odinsdream at 2:33 PM on October 31, 2008


Holy crap, that was a quick theft...
posted by garlic at 2:38 PM on October 31, 2008


Anyone who has a car has no business breaking into houses.
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:02 PM on October 31, 2008


Does anyone have buisness breaking into houses?
posted by stormygrey at 3:05 PM on October 31, 2008


theft by poopypants.
posted by taz at 4:03 PM on October 31, 2008


That theft by cardigan guy is acting dead nonchalant about the giant severed fish head in the loch behind him but I think he knows more about it that he is letting on.
posted by motty at 4:36 PM on October 31, 2008


Theft by sideburns.
posted by mwhybark at 4:52 PM on October 31, 2008


Come on. That's just spreadin' the wealth around American style.
posted by Dumsnill at 5:46 PM on October 31, 2008


• Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property

• Theft of Lost or Mislaid Women
posted by msalt at 6:38 PM on October 31, 2008


Wouldn't that be its own punishment?
posted by dg at 6:58 PM on October 31, 2008


Oops, forgot we aren't supposed to do that any more. No offence intended - my apologies if any was taken.
*removes foot from mouth*

posted by dg at 8:41 PM on October 31, 2008


Just heard this from my mom who lives in GA. Sometimes I wonder why criminals don't just quit why they're ahead...

Thank god you weren't home when it happened.

Agreed, and though I could be wrong, I think they would have left id the door was answered. Looking at the video, that's what the initial guy going solo to knock on the door is for- as a checkout to make sure there is nobody home. That's how they role up here at least.
posted by jmd82 at 8:56 PM on October 31, 2008


Holy shit -- that's my quaint, historic neighborhood!
posted by spilon at 1:49 PM on November 1, 2008


It would be nice to see updates on final list of charges and results of prosecution/trial. If any of these peeps are first offenders (HA HAH HHAAAAAA HAAAA) do you think they'll get pleas? I'd like to see what these thieves are eventually sentenced to.
posted by spicynuts at 7:06 AM on November 2, 2008


Good news!

The lede on the news was all about how the switch to the digital broadcast/cable standard is the primary motivator for these breakins. Well, it does make some sense...

Hi from Avondale, too!
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 1:30 PM on November 2, 2008


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