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Not exactly outwitting the cops

“Winnipeg’s worst car thieves” in action

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Most drivers learn early that spitting out the window of a moving car is a bad idea. But the bumbling crooks identified in this story as “two of Winnipeg’s worst car thieves” apparently never learned the rudimentary physics of that lesson. Both were wearing electronic ankle bracelets imposed as a condition of previous sentences when they decided to steal a car. They cut off the tracking devices and threw them from the window of the speeding vehicle, not noticing when one of them flew, not to the roadside, but directly into the back seat. Thus, police knew exactly where they were; bending or breaking the bracelets sends authorities an instant alarm. One of the would-be thieves is just 18 years old, and has an extensive record. “You hope at some point the light will go on for him and he will realize this is ridiculous,” said a Winnipeg police officer. “Otherwise he’s going to end up doing a life sentence on the installment plan.”

Winnipeg Free Press

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