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M is for the Malevolent Master of Misdirection


What separates the bourgeoning criminal mastermind from the run-of-the-mill thug? As evidenced by a recent Boise bank robbery, it may be an ability to cover one's tracks by utilizing the prevailing societal phobias-in other words, to bring in the bomb squad.

According to a release from the Boise Police Department, the incident in question began at 11:30 a.m. on August 5, when a Hispanic man wearing a scarf over his face walked into the Wells Fargo at the corner of Five Mile and Ustick roads. The suspect placed a package on the counter, displayed a gun, and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing in a charcoal-gray Chevy pickup.

No one was hurt, but here's the kicker: he left the package. Invariably, the Boise Police Bomb Squad was brought in, nearby buildings and residences were evacuated and several streets were closed for over an hour before police were able to determine that the package was a decoy and that the thief was nearly a two-hour drive away, chuckling beneath his bucket hat. So simple, yet so damnably brilliant, what? (Although we're also open to the possibility that in his haste to both escape and make sure his nifty robber-mask stayed on, the culprit simply forgot his box and is currently praying that he didn't leave his fingerprints on it.) Anyone who has information about the crime is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS.