Skip to comments.Robbery suspect spray-paints face for disguise, dies
Posted on 08/23/2009 10:29:40 AM PDT by aomagrat
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies say a man spray-painted his face in order to disguise himself during a robbery, but died after he had trouble breathing after the robbery.
Sheriff Leon Lott says on July 31 at around 7:00pm 23-year-old Michael Gregory Thomas and 24-year-old Thomas James entered the Sprint PCS store on Sparkleberry Lane, pulled out a guns and demanded money.
Lott says the two men stole wallets, purses and credit cards from employees as well as money from the store before ordering the employees into a bathroom while both men fled.
Lott says Thomas James spray-painted his face in order to conceal his identity during the robbery. Investigators later learned that after the robbery took place, James began having trouble breathing and died.
Witnesses from the store identified Michael Thomas as one of the robbers, and Thomas was arrested on August 17, taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and charged with armed robbery.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says they are running toxicity tests on James and are waiting for them to come back to learn James' cause of death. Watts said it will take a couple of weeks before the tests come back.
Paint manufacturer lawsuit, most assuredly. Insufficient warning labels.
And the gene pool gets just a tad deeper. With any luck, this moron DID NOT reproduce before he died.
Mmmm. It’s not exactly a disguise you can tear off once you’re done with he robbery
“I have a cunning plan...”
This reminds me of a thing I saw on TV about two bank robbers who were caught and couldn’t understand how the cops identified them. They told law enforcement officials that they were told that if they rubbed lemon juice on their faces, their faces would be blurred on the security cameras. Weird.
What color? Brown?
Add this to the “lessons learned” folder.
Unsuccessful criminals improvise. Successful criminals learn from the pros. Willy Sutton said he would never have been caught if his accomplices didn’t blab to dames.
Spray paint ping.
Do hurry with those tests, theres a line of trial lawyers patiently waiting to sue the evil spray paint company!
If you outlaw gold paint huffing, only outlaws will huff gold paint.
Hey...worked for the Joker.
Socialism: father of the truly stupid.
Oh sure it is. I'm surprised you didn't think this through before posting. It's simple really.
Simply fill a large bowl or basin with any number of commercially available paint strippers and then submerge your face it it for the amount of time indicated on the label, usually 5-6 minutes. Then simply scrape the paint off with a sharp putty knife. Repeat application for any remaining paint.
I am sure that the individual in question had just such a plan.
This could start a trend: Criminal self execution, spray paint supplied.
Underpants are all the rage too.
>> Paint manufacturer lawsuit, most assuredly. Insufficient warning labels.
Warning’s exist on the spray cans - at least on the products I’ve purchased.
The guy probably inhaled quite a bit while getting his faced sprayed. I’m wondering if he died from poisoning or asphyxiation.
He died from criminal stupidity.
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