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Robbery suspect spray-paints face for disguise, dies
WIS TV ^ | 21 August 2009

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.


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A nominee for the Darwin Award.
1 posted on 08/23/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT by aomagrat
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To: aomagrat

Paint manufacturer lawsuit, most assuredly. Insufficient warning labels.


2 posted on 08/23/2009 10:32:38 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (What kind of organization answers the phone if you call a suicide hotline in Gaza City?)
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To: aomagrat

And the gene pool gets just a tad deeper. With any luck, this moron DID NOT reproduce before he died.


3 posted on 08/23/2009 10:33:35 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: aomagrat

Mmmm. It’s not exactly a disguise you can tear off once you’re done with he robbery


4 posted on 08/23/2009 10:33:56 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: aomagrat

“I have a cunning plan...”


5 posted on 08/23/2009 10:37:08 AM PDT by Flag_This (No, Massoud, there are no men left in Washington.)
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To: aomagrat

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.


6 posted on 08/23/2009 10:40:53 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (January 20th, 2013)
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To: aomagrat

What color? Brown?


7 posted on 08/23/2009 10:41:09 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: aomagrat

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.


8 posted on 08/23/2009 10:43:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't anthropomorphize the robots. They hate that.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Spray paint ping.


9 posted on 08/23/2009 10:44:15 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: aomagrat

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11 posted on 08/23/2009 10:50:06 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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”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.

Do hurry with those tests, there’s a line of trial lawyers patiently waiting to sue the evil spray paint company!

12 posted on 08/23/2009 10:50:15 AM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard)
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To: Clay Moore

If you outlaw gold paint huffing, only outlaws will huff gold paint.


13 posted on 08/23/2009 11:01:46 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: aomagrat

Hey...worked for the Joker.


14 posted on 08/23/2009 11:04:06 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: aomagrat

Socialism: father of the truly stupid.


15 posted on 08/23/2009 11:04:32 AM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Krankor
It’s not exactly a disguise you can tear off once you’re done with the robbery

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.

16 posted on 08/23/2009 11:05:57 AM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it.)
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To: aomagrat

This could start a trend: Criminal self execution, spray paint supplied.


17 posted on 08/23/2009 11:10:07 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: aomagrat
Should have used duct tape. Works better.

Underpants are all the rage too.


18 posted on 08/23/2009 11:13:38 AM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

>> 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.


19 posted on 08/23/2009 11:14:17 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: Gene Eric

He died from criminal stupidity.


20 posted on 08/23/2009 11:26:14 AM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: Gene Eric

Yeah, yeah, but no spray can you have says anything about using the paint to disguise yourself, nor does it say anything about spraying it on your body.


21 posted on 08/23/2009 11:51:17 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (What kind of organization answers the phone if you call a suicide hotline in Gaza City?)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

bttt


22 posted on 08/23/2009 11:54:30 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: aomagrat

And Hussein loses two more votes.


23 posted on 08/23/2009 12:03:28 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Oh ye of little faith in the ACORN’s work. In Hussein’s world, the dead vote and vote again.


24 posted on 08/23/2009 12:08:40 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Flag_This

LOL, I just finished watching the 1st series of Adder, Starting two later today.


25 posted on 08/23/2009 12:18:25 PM PDT by bleach (Wake me in 2012)
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To: One_Upmanship
I posted a milk crate disguise story a while back.

Recently i saw one with the robber wearing a 12-pack box on his head. lol

26 posted on 08/23/2009 12:49:09 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: bleach
"LOL, I just finished watching the 1st series of Adder, Starting two later today."

I liked the first series, but I think the later ones were better.

27 posted on 08/23/2009 12:51:08 PM PDT by Flag_This (No, Massoud, there are no men left in Washington.)
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To: aomagrat

Didn’t he ever see Goldfinger or Quantum of Solace?


28 posted on 08/23/2009 12:57:41 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: mowowie
Must have been priceless. I suppose when one is crazed by drugs and desperate, the disguise seems like a perfectly good idea at the time.

There was also a good story recently about a cross-dresser : "After sifting through old surveillance photos of other robberies, detectives found a photo of what appeared to be a female suspect wearing a dress, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant.

A closer look at the “woman” involved in the March 13, 2008, heist at the Wells Fargo bank in the 100 block of Northeast Loop 410 showed a striking resemblance to 22-year-old Jack.

After detectives returned to the Wells Fargo recently, employees there said they recalled that the woman who held them up in 2008 had an “Adam's apple.”

Bank employees picked Jack out of a photo lineup.

and then and don't forget the guy wearing a dish towel!


29 posted on 08/23/2009 1:02:21 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: Flag_This

Agreed. I watched them many years ago and showed my wife one with Hugh Laurie she couldn’t believe it was HOUSE.


30 posted on 08/23/2009 1:03:40 PM PDT by bleach (Wake me in 2012)
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To: aomagrat

Probably sucked in some of the fumes while painting his face. Another one gone to the big prison in the sky!


31 posted on 08/23/2009 1:11:01 PM PDT by calex59
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To: One_Upmanship

Life can be F’ed.....and pretty funny too:)


32 posted on 08/23/2009 1:18:27 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: aomagrat
Was golden disguise a death mask?

Shirley Bassey: GOLDFINGER

33 posted on 08/23/2009 1:38:17 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Trailerpark Badass

34 posted on 08/23/2009 1:39:27 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: Kozak

Rust_O_leeum!


35 posted on 08/23/2009 1:45:27 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: bleach
"she couldn’t believe it was HOUSE."

Show her the "Young Ones" episode called "Bambi" (I think). Hugh Laurie plays "Lord Monty" on the game show University Challenge.

36 posted on 08/23/2009 2:44:41 PM PDT by Flag_This (No, Massoud, there are no men left in Washington.)
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To: aomagrat
Thomas James:


37 posted on 08/23/2009 2:47:48 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Clay Moore; upchuck; SC Swamp Fox; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; ...
Mr. Darwin, I like your style!


38 posted on 08/23/2009 3:00:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

39 posted on 08/23/2009 3:04:57 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Kozak

L0L! I saw last week were some “huffer” got tazed and caught on fire L0L!


40 posted on 08/23/2009 3:06:20 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Kozak

“Mettalic makes it better”

Yeesh


41 posted on 08/23/2009 3:07:15 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
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.

Does this work just as well on red light cameras?

42 posted on 08/23/2009 3:07:36 PM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: Eaker

Maybe if you wash your whole car with lemon juice. LOL!


43 posted on 08/23/2009 3:08:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (January 20th, 2013)
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To: aomagrat
Guess they don't have a sporting goods store in the area.


44 posted on 08/23/2009 3:10:10 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: Sawdring
If you outlaw gold paint huffing, only outlaws will huff gold paint.

"I never huffed no paint!"

45 posted on 08/23/2009 3:11:08 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Your story reminds me of something that happened on a church ski trip. The boys took a girls camera, dropped their pants, took pictures of their butts and returned the camera. when they got home, the girls had their film developed and SURPRIZE! Only problem the boys western belts had their names on them and they showed up clearly in the photos. busted!


46 posted on 08/23/2009 3:12:00 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: One_Upmanship

Son, you got a pantie on your head.

(little Raising Arizona lingo there...)


47 posted on 08/23/2009 3:15:00 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: humblegunner

He was just showing “Team Spirit” Note the Warriors is in gold L0L

Sometimes I think Jerry Jones is huffin too L0L


48 posted on 08/23/2009 3:15:16 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: humblegunner

He was just showing “Team Spirit” Note the Warriors is in gold L0L

Sometimes I think Jerry Jones is huffin too L0L


49 posted on 08/23/2009 3:15:23 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Ditter

Ouch! LOL!


50 posted on 08/23/2009 3:17:11 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (January 20th, 2013)
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