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Promise of Free Beer Nets 19 Suspects Who Had Been Evading Arrest

What would it take for people who are trying hard to evade arrest for offenses including burglary, robbery and serious sexual assault to actually schedule a specific time and place to meet the police? A crate of free beer!

In an operation reminiscent of the "deadbeat dad sting" I discussed here (that used the irresistible bait of two free tickets to the 2011 Alabama-Auburn football game to lure fathers with outstanding child-support warrants into the police's trap), the Derbyshire (U.K.) police were able to arrest 19 suspects with the promise of a crate of beer.

Sky News reports that Derbyshire police sent letters to dozens of people who had been evading arrest for months. The letters asked the suspects to call a "marketing company" if they wanted to receive a free crate of beer, but the phone number provided secretly went straight to the Chesterfield Police Station.

Ultimately, 19 suspects called the phone number and arranged a specific date and time for their free crate of beer to be delivered to them. Instead of bringing free beer, however, undercover police disguised as beer delivery men (see below) placed the waiting suspects under arrest. D'oh!!


Posted by Bruce Carton on November 16, 2011 at 04:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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