Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ticked Off Tuesday..Sort Of
Ughh! I missed my usual train because of an overturned tractor trailer on I-95. So my long commute just got a bit longer. I am typing this post while sitting on the train, so when I get in I can just upload it. And this will also take my mind off the lost 45 mins, sitting behind the wheel of the car inching my way along the shoulder of the highway, just trying to get around that tractor trailer.
Get Your Cheap Flat Panel Teeeveeees Right Hea...

I sometimes don’t get people, if something is probably too good to be true, it probably is. How in the world would you fall for an oven door being passes off as a flat panel TV. Courtesy of the South Bend Tribune..
It isn't a crime police have seen many times before.
An unsuspecting woman purchased a "flat-screen television set" at a bargain price, the package even bubble-wrapped and complete with cord and controller.
But when the street consumer returned home that February day with her "steal" of a product, she was likely steamed.
"It was actually an oven door inside the package," explained South Bend Detective Sgt. Jim Walsh.
Police on Thursday arrested a suspect they believe sold the appliance piece to the woman. Walsh says recent thefts of oven doors from vacant properties may be linked to the scam.
The 42-year-old theft victim was reportedly approached by the 43-year-old suspect Feb. 20 at her job in the 1600 block of South Michigan Street. The asking price for the bogus TV screen was $500, but when the victim couldn't come up with the money, the suspect settled for $300.”

“Despite the bizarre fraud, police say oven doors are an increasingly hot item in area burglaries.
Just this week two reports of stolen oven doors made their way to South Bend Police.
The first happened Saturday at a home in the 400 block of North Arthur Street when a back door was kicked in and two suspects were seen exiting the residence carrying an oven door, according to reports.
The second occurred Monday at a home in the 900 block of South Twyckenham Drive, where a back door was forced open and the oven door removed from its frame.”

Oven doors are hot (no pun intended) items in area burglaries. It must be because there are enough gullible folks thinking that they can buy a flat screen TV on the cheap on the street. Simply amazing!

4 comments:

opinionatedinjerzee said...

hehe!! funny just like the guys in chinatown swear the watch is a real rolex!! for $20, yeah ok? stupid people get what they deserve.. i bet she will never buy from a street vendor again!!

Keshi said...

lol Jay ur funny!

Stealing over doors? goshhh wasnt there anything else to steal? lol!

Keshi.

Aditi said...

that is hilarious I can see buying a cheap watch of the street but why would u buy a tv of the street? Even if it is an actual tv what if it stops wrking in a week?

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