after the hold-up

I’m starting to feel like a crime expert. I was collected by a detective this afternoon to go in and make a statement. Most interesting thing was talking to him on the way in and out – I learnt about twenty years worth in twenty minutes.

First thing I asked was whether the hold-up at Keiraville post office yesterday was related to the one at Brownsville the day before. Yes, he said, they were working on that assumption. I guess we were lucky we didn’t get the physical violence the robbers dealt out at Brownsville. The Wollongong detectives are a bit worried these guys are an ongoing threat.

So here are some things I learnt. If you want to do armed hold-ups, never have a girlfriend. Half the time, robberies are solved when a relationship goes sour and the girlfriend gets her revenge by spilling the beans. In fact, the long-term successful hold-up merchants work alone, and never talk about their successes to anyone.
The danger time for armed robbers is between the car and the shop they’re targeting. They can control what happens in the shop, but when people see them outside in hoods and balaclavas … well, anyone with a mobile can call the cops. I don’t know if that’s what happened at the Keiraville post office – I mean, people outside saw them and realized, but I don’t know if they used their mobiles. The cop car certainly arrived v smartly. Other poss would be that, when the phone rang and the post office guy was told to answer, maybe his words ‘Cant talk, sorry, I’m dealing with some customers’ rang alarm bells.
Since 95% of alarm calls are false, the security people and the cops – if the cops are contacted – tend to assume there’s nothing wrong.
Here’s a hoax call anecdote – that is, the cops thought it was a hoax until they got there. It was a case in Wariila, where a local murderer took the body of his victim to bury just off New Lake Entrance Rd, where there are trees on one side, but the other side looks out on the backs of a whole street of houses. So here is this guy burying a body in broad daylight, in plain view of all the neighbors looking out from their back windows. I don’t know what he said when the cops turned up – maybe something like, ‘You weren’t supposed to notice.’

 

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