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29 March, 2005

two stupid bandits

Two Australian teenagers got US$171,000 from a US bank, then took pictures of themselves in a toilet cubicle with the stolen cash, hired a limousine to get away, and even trying to post money back to Australia.

Aussie 'gangstas' caught posing on film (News.com.au, 29th March 2005)

Police have seized a digital camera from Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince containing 10 photographs of the smiling teens doing "gangsta" poses with bundles of stolen notes in a Denver McDonald's just hours after their heist.

...

* CARROLL and Prince, both 19, used the stolen cash to hire a limousine as their "getaway" vehicle to take them to Denver airport where they were planning to fly to Mexico;

* THE duo told police they committed the robbery because "they thought it was a cool idea";

* BOTH men are also being investigated for credit card fraud at the sports shop where they worked;

* US police intercepted a parcel with $11,000 from the robbery that Carroll and Prince had posted to their home in Australia;

* THE two used television crime shows as their inspiration for the robbery; and

* PRINCE collapsed in tears during his police interview after realising he could face 25 years in prison and a $US250,000 ($325,000) fine.

> Aussie 'gangstas' caught posing on film (News.com.au, 29th March 2005)

update2
Those two bungling teen robbers even tried to buy a US$30,000 Rolex watch with 6000 stolen US$5 notes from a jewellery store.

Police said Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince shocked a sales assistant by reaching into a bag bulging with their heist money and started counting out thousands of $5 notes to pay for the watch.

...

"The sales assistant was watching what was going on and told them 'This is too weird,"' a police officer said. "She told them they had better go, she was going to call the police."

Carroll and Prince then went to another Denver jeweller where they bought diamonds. The two later confessed to police they had wanted to turn their cash into jewellery "because it was less suspicious than cash".

(from Bandits shopped for Rolex with heist cash)

update1
According to New Zealand Herald, one of them is New Zealander.

Prince, a New Zealand passport holder, and Carroll left their homes in the Byron Bay area in November last year for the snowboarding and working holiday in the US. They face up to 25 years in a US prison if convicted.


Original news article:

THE New South Wales teenagers who robbed $171,000 from a US bank photographed themselves in a toilet cubicle with the stolen cash.
Police have seized a digital camera from Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince containing 10 photographs of the smiling teens doing "gangsta" poses with bundles of stolen notes in a Denver McDonald's just hours after their heist.

The damning camera evidence was just one of several bizarre facts uncovered by a The Daily Telegraph investigation into the bungled robbery, which could send the teenagers, who are from the Byron Bay area, to jail for the next 25 years.

Other facts to be uncovered include:

* CARROLL and Prince, both 19, used the stolen cash to hire a limousine as their "getaway" vehicle to take them to Denver airport where they were planning to fly to Mexico;

* THE duo told police they committed the robbery because "they thought it was a cool idea";

* BOTH men are also being investigated for credit card fraud at the sports shop where they worked;

* US police intercepted a parcel with $11,000 from the robbery that Carroll and Prince had posted to their home in Australia;

* THE two used television crime shows as their inspiration for the robbery; and

* PRINCE collapsed in tears during his police interview after realising he could face 25 years in prison and a $US250,000 ($325,000) fine.

The details emerged on the eve of Carroll and Prince's expected appearance today at the US District Court in Denver for a hearing to decide whether they will be released on bail until their trial in the next six months.

Yesterday Vail detective Ryan Millbern said the two men were identified as the offenders within 90 minutes of stealing $US130,000 from the WestStar bank, Vail, at 10.10am last Monday.

The men were identified by a teller named Kym who recognised Carroll's Australian voice as he put a slug gun to her head.

The men were regular customers at the bank.

Police sources said after committing the robbery, the men then raced up a ski lift and snowboarded several kilometres to a car park where they changed clothes, took a bus to McDonald's and photographed themselves with the bundled notes.

The following day they hired a limousine to take them to the airport where they were arrested after a security guard recognised them from a warning bulletin.

After police found the incriminating photos on a camera they were carrying, the men made full confessions.

The men's neighbour in Vail said the first he knew about the robbery was when he saw a SWAT team swarming over the duo's house last Monday, the day of the robbery.

"I was playing my Xbox killing SWAT guys and then I went outside and there were SWAT guys all over the place," John Donovan said.

He said the teenagers had rented their modest $US770 a month apartment since November and had largely kept to themselves except one night last month when they started shooting at houses across the road with paintball guns and air pistols.

"I rang the cops about it and they were done for that," Mr Donovan said. "They later said they didn't know it was illegal to fire their guns. I think these guys have seen too many Ned Kelly films."

Posted by Antony on 29 March 2005 12:42 AM | funny, newstalk

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Poor anthony :(

Posted by sure on 4 April 2005 9:29 PM.
Stupid Anthony more like it.
Posted by not sure on 5 April 2005 3:16 PM.
Ha Ha Ha - these guys crack me up.
Posted by Sure Is funny on 6 April 2005 9:30 AM.
Wow. These guys CANT be that stupid. Did they just decide it was all worthless and decided to have one big last hurrah ???
Posted by Blah on 23 May 2005 2:00 PM.

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By NICK PAPPS in Los Angeles
May 22, 2005
TWO teenagers accused of robbing a US bank will plead guilty and ask to serve their time in an Australian prison. Lawyers for Luke Carroll and Anthony Prince told The Sunday Telegraph yesterday they were hoping for a plea bargain to have their sentence reduced from the maximum 25 years in jail to five. The teenagers are then expected to be transferred to Australia to serve their sentences, under a US-Australia prisoner transfer agreement. Carroll and Prince have been in jail since March after being charged in relation to a $171,000 US bank heist. The 19-year-old dim-witted robbers from the NSW north coast were caught after a teller in the ski village of Vail, Colorado recognised them during their ill-fated hold-up. Prince's lawyer Warren Williamson said while the evidence the two teens committed the robbery was "overwhelming", he would argue for reduced sentences based on Prince's lack of prior bank-robbing offences, his age and quick confession and continued remorse. Mr Williamson would not reveal why the teens committed the robbery but did say they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the offence. The Denver-based public defence lawyer said he spoke with Prince every day and the former Lismore local was "making the best out of a difficult situation". "He is corresponding with friends and family," he said. "He's doing some growing up." Luke Carroll's lawyer, Dan Smith, said he was also plea-bargaining for his client. He said the Byron Bay teen was "doing pretty good under the circumstances". Prince's plea hearing is set for June 15 at the Denver Federal Court, while Carroll's plea will be heard on June 21.
fuck u all u dont know shit faggot computer gimps


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