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Tattoos as evidence: How the ink on their skin got people arrested for murder, rape, burglary
Tampa Bay Times ^ | September 3, 2012 | Curtis Krueger

Posted on 09/03/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT by EveningStar

ST. PETERSBURG — As the man rushed past the Mariner Car Wash, an employee couldn't help but notice his distinctive forearm tattoo: "Most Wanted."

When police investigating a bank robbery came around a few days later, the worker mentioned the man, confirming DNA evidence police had that tied a man with just such a tattoo to the crime.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: crime; evidence; florida; stupidity; tattoos

1 posted on 09/03/2012 8:35:35 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

ping


2 posted on 09/03/2012 8:36:19 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Police have been collecting data on arrestees tattoos for decades.

Now they have the computers and communications to crunch the data and share the information quickly.


3 posted on 09/03/2012 8:38:33 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: lightman

The upside to tattoos is that perps are more easily identified in a police line-up.


4 posted on 09/03/2012 8:40:35 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: EveningStar

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.


5 posted on 09/03/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: EveningStar

One of the reasons I have never had a Tattoo, if I had ever decided to do something nefarious, a tattoo would be a dead giveaway. Just like I would never own a vanity license plate. Just the paranoia in me.


6 posted on 09/03/2012 8:43:18 PM PDT by doc1019 (Given my choices, I will not be voting this time around.)
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To: doc1019

Ah, if you’re average in other ways, it might work out. Me, myself, I’m so physically distinctive, that I could never get away with anything.


7 posted on 09/03/2012 8:47:45 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: EveningStar

I’ve always been astonished at the sheer stupidity of the criminal element, so keen on distinctively ‘branding’ themselves to make identification so laughably easy.

But I hardly understand the appeal of tattoos to begin with. Just yesterday saw some rather raggedy middle-aged gal at a check-out counter with tattoos all up and down her arms. I guess they were tattoos, but they looked more like some child with color magic-markers scribbled all over her arms. It was ghastly-looking.


8 posted on 09/03/2012 8:48:13 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Melas
How distinctive?


9 posted on 09/03/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1323 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

5’2”, built like tank, dark olive skin, bald, five o’clock shadow from coal black beard at noon, even if I shaved....I’m hard to miss. They could find me without looking at my ink.


10 posted on 09/03/2012 8:55:31 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: EveningStar
I LOVE tattoos !

It makes it easy for me to spot the sleazy people to avoid.

11 posted on 09/03/2012 8:58:17 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: EveningStar
When bystanders saw a man shoot 30-year-old Marquell Burge last year behind the Ninth Street Pool Hall in St. Petersburg, one of them had an easy way to identify the killer. He said "the suspect has a 727 tattoo on the back of his neck, and just shot pool the other day," according to a police report.
Hey. Lots of guys of "727" tattoo'd on the backs of their necks.
12 posted on 09/03/2012 9:01:07 PM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: Melas

5’2”? You’re easy to overlook...


13 posted on 09/03/2012 9:02:07 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1323 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: EveningStar
When police investigating a bank robbery came around a few days later, the worker mentioned the man, confirming DNA evidence police had that tied a man with just such a tattoo to the crime.

Doesn't this mean they had already tied the DNA evidence to a suspect, without the tattoo witness speaking up?

14 posted on 09/03/2012 9:08:20 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: EveningStar

I’ve said this ever since tattoos became a fad. If you commit crimes, you better not wear tattoos, particularly if you are a rapist. The woman is going to see them, she’s going to remember them and then you’re doing 30 in the can.


15 posted on 09/03/2012 9:16:09 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: EveningStar

“Dunce Decorations” (male) and “Tramp Stamps” (female) have to rate right up there with the most stupid ideas ever conceived by humans — right below body piercings...


16 posted on 09/03/2012 9:17:00 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Melas

17 posted on 09/03/2012 9:17:09 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: EveningStar; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
The secret, which has served me well (Har! Har! You'll never catch me, coppers!) is to have a standard run of the mill tatt!


18 posted on 09/03/2012 9:23:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: greene66
My 29 year old daughter who is very responsible in most ways has a lot of tattoos all over her body. It was the influence of one of her boyfriends. As you say they look just plain stupid looking. She has a good job and is finishing her bachelor’s degree in accounting. The tattoos almost kept her from getting her most recent job.
19 posted on 09/03/2012 9:24:14 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: green pastures

Das me!!!


20 posted on 09/03/2012 9:26:32 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: EveningStar
Chicks dig toos, has been my experience in many ports!


21 posted on 09/03/2012 9:33:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: EveningStar

tattoos are better than fingerprints. witnesses can’t see fingerprints, nor can cameras. you twits keep inking yourselves up


22 posted on 09/04/2012 12:12:52 AM PDT by Figment
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To: TXnMA

I agree 100%. More and more I see people, esp. good looking ones marking themselves up.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 3:30:18 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: EveningStar

A century ago, people were paying for carnival shows to see hideous freaks like a tattooed man or a fat lady and the like...and now we can see them all free at the local Wal-Mart.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 4:52:16 AM PDT by Southern Magnolia
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To: EveningStar

I want to know how actors who do historical scenes which require no shirt cover up their tattoos which would be highly anachronistic. They just don’t do those types of roles? Is there a special make-up that covers tattoos?


25 posted on 09/04/2012 6:35:16 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Southern Magnolia
"...and now we can see them all free at the local Wal-Mart."

Yep. Even the tattooed fat ‘lady’ with beaucoup piercings -- all paid for with our welfare dollars :-(

26 posted on 09/04/2012 6:37:17 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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