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airehead
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PostPosted: 01/14/04 - 11:38    Post subject: When good old people go bad.....
Granny Gang Scams Stores, Gets Busted


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They were a group of 14 elderly men and women, mostly in their 70s. They certainly didn't look like desperadoes. But this cozy group of cane-clutching retirees wasn't as innocent as it seemed.

Police say the group hanging out in San Francisco's downtown Hallidie Plaza was receiving stolen goods from professional shoplifters, then returning the items to stores at a tidy profit.

"The items still have the price tags on them, so they go back to the stores and say, 'I can't find my receipt, but I just bought these, I'd like to turn them back in,'" explained Lt. Tom Buckley of the SFPD. "Most of the stores downtown, especially with elderly people like these, they'll say, 'OK, sure.'"

Instead of tossing the old folks in the slammer, police took fingerprints and mug shots and issued a warning: Any more trouble with the law, even a misdemeanor, and they'd face charges that could put them away for the rest of their lives.

"We didn't have our guns out. ... One man had to turn up his oxygen machine and get more air because he was so stressed," Inspector Bob Rogers told the San Francisco Examiner. "He kept saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry,' and apologizing."


Now, that seems like chutzpah to me....but sadly, not in a good way....
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PostPosted: 01/14/04 - 12:01    Post subject:
Ooh, just like Jerry's uncle!
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PostPosted: 01/14/04 - 12:13    Post subject:
And here I thought that the topic was about me...
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PostPosted: 01/14/04 - 12:15    Post subject:
I've seen more than my share of grannies stealing make-up...but as a teenager, I felt that it was better for me just to keep my mouth shut and move to another aisle.
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PostPosted: 01/15/04 - 00:14    Post subject:
Were the professional shoplifters elderly too?
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