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If You Build it, Dumb Will Come

Boston, Mass., police set up a sting operation that succeeded in recovering more than 230 stolen items, and helped them obtain 24 arrest warrants. It was all accomplished with the creation of a phony jewelry store, “MIB Jewelry” (MIB: “men in blue”). Undercover officers opened the store after spreading rumors on the streets that the store would be a friendly buyer of stolen goods. They upped their odds of success by busting eight other stores that fenced stolen goods, which would have been competition for the new store. When asked if they ever worried that thieves would figure out the meaning of the store’s name, Police Commissioner Edward Davis replied, “We don’t catch the smart ones.” (JW/Boston Herald) ...Which, really, is the big problem with the system, isn’t it?
Original Publication Date: 16 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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