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Now We Make Our Getaway in ... Oops

Three men borrowed a friend’s pickup truck, dressed in black, donned masks, and pulled off a textbook home invasion robbery in Osceola County, Fla., deputies say. But when the men returned to the truck after the robbery, the plan started falling apart: they left the trucks keys in the house. The trio went back and began banging on the doors, but not surprisingly their victims refused to let them in, so they ran. Police visited the owner of the truck, who identified two of the three men. Then an officer pulled over a car for running a stop sign, and learned that the driver had picked up the men, thumbing a ride. She told police she had dropped one of the men off to rent a motel room; officers converged on the room and found three guns and over $3,000 worth of stolen loot. Auburn Edwards, 22, Lawrence Barlow Jr., 20, and Richard Chappell, 23, have been charged with armed robbery home invasion, armed occupied burglary, wearing a mask during a robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, grand theft, battery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. (MS/Orlando Sentinel) ...Sadly, gross stupidity is still not a chargeable offense, but it still has the stiffest penalty.
Original Publication Date: 12 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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