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Posted on 12/24/2004 1:03:46 PM PST by Prince Charles
Robbery suspect locks keys in car
LAKE STATION: Man arrested after pursuit
BY JUSTIN POST
This story ran on nwitimes.com on Friday, December 24, 2004 12:10 AM CST
LAKE STATION | Police described a 26-year-old Gary man as the "world's dumbest criminal" after he locked his keys in the car while allegedly robbing a city convenient store across the street from the police department.
Dan L. Griggs, of Monroe Street in Gary, allegedly stole three cartons of cigarettes at 1 a.m. Thursday from Dno One Stop, at 3600 Central Avenue, and returned to his vehicle to find the doors locked, said police Lt. Mike Stills.
The man told a clerk, who followed him out of the store, that it was just a joke and that he didn't intend to steal the cigarettes. The clerk called police, however.
Police said Griggs returned to the store, ripped out the telephone cord and demanded money. He opened the lottery machine and took approximately $50, according to court documents filed Thursday in Lake County Superior Court.
The man left the store and returned a third time when he threatened a customer and left with a broom, Stills said.
Dispatchers watched from the police station minutes later as Griggs used the broom to smash out a vehicle window, Stills said.
An officer arrived as Griggs was driving away from the store, he said. Griggs led police on a chase North on Ripley Street and Gary police were asked to assist with the call, police said.
The snowy chase continued onto Interstate 80/94 and ended when the man exited the interstate back onto Ripley Street, struck an oncoming police cruiser and bailed out of the vehicle.
An officer slipped and injured his shoulder during the foot chase. Stills said Griggs was unable to cross a ditch and was arrested by officers who had their guns drawn.
"Unfortunately for him, that was the end of the line," Stills said.
Police recovered money, lottery tickets and three cartons of cigarettes that Griggs allegedly took from the store, he said. The clerk later identified Griggs in a photo lineup.
Griggs was charged with a felony count of robbery and was being held without bond.
I remember him. Griggs used to work for the CIA. He was in charge of counter-intelligence disinformation.
The clerk later identified Griggs in a photo lineup.
Is it true that they had everybody in the lineup holding a broom in one hand and a lottery ticket in the other?
Wait a minute, he did this within sight of the police station? Way to go, Dan.
Not only that, despite their proximity, it took the donut-munchers quite a while to arrive at the scene.
He was able to go back into the store twice more, "open the lottery machine", steal a broom, and break out his car window.
If the clerk had been in possesion of an EVIL gun, this guy would have been removed from the very shallow end of the gene pool.
And as small as Lake Station is, this guy had to be "pure-D-stupid"....
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"Stills said Griggs was unable to cross a ditch and was arrested by officers who had their guns drawn. "
Why did the cops have their guns drawn? There was no danger to their lives. Sounds like a case of very, excessive police action. I thought you could not use a gun unless you were defending yourself against deadly force? The police needs to be sued for this. John Q. Citizen would have been arrested if he had done this!
This guy is so dumb I'm surprised that he didn't go back into the store to call the auto club to come unlock his car.
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