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There's a community club in Sydney, Australia. It's a local gathering place, known for its social activities, such as lawn bowling and bingo. It's also known as being a target for criminals, having been hit about ten times in the past year. The club's night supervisor mentioned one incident where robbers showed up during bingo night for a hold-up and were told to keep the noise down because the bingo players couldn't hear the numbers being called.
I can only guess that those robbers had a smoother getaway than today's "WTF?!" subjects. These two guys showed up last night, wearing ski masks, and started to empty the cash registers while a third accomplice waited outside in the getaway car. Fairly routine so far, right?
Here's the thing: apparently, in casing the target, no one noticed all the motorcycles parked in the lot, much less put two and two together to figure out that maybe, just maybe, there would be more than the regular bingo set at the club that night.
One more time -- all the motorcycles. That's right: the robbers managed to hit the club during the monthly meeting of the Southern Cross Cruiser motorcycle club, who were next door to the bingo game. So what happens when you cross two guys in ski masks carrying machetes with about 50 bikers who were carrying "pretty much anything that wasn't bolted down?"
Let's go right to CNN's account:
"They (the robbers) thought they had the upper advantage with their knives and their machetes," Jim Webb, night supervisor of the club, told CNN. "They didn't expect to run into a bunch of guys carrying chairs and tables."
One of the would-be robbers crashed through a plate-glass door and jumped off a balcony.
"All he had to do was push the button and it automatically opened," Webb quipped.
New South Wales police said they arrested the 20-year-old man a short distance away.
The second man made a break for it through the club's service entrance, but the bikers tackled him near a neighbor's fence.
"We just grabbed him, crash-tackled him to the ground, hogtied him with electrical wire and left him for the cops," (Jerry) Vancornewal said.
...A third person, who was waiting in a getaway car, took off when the bikers threw pieces of furniture at him, Webb said. Police have not located him.
WTF?! I guess, if you'd hit the place up before, you might have just assumed that you'd encounter the local geriatric set again and could get away without any trouble. Maybe you entered the club from a different entrance and never saw all of the bikes in the lot (I'm guessing there were 25 bikes, minimum, if the riders doubled up). Maybe you saw all of the bikes and figured that they belonged to the bingo players who had been such pushovers before. Or maybe you're a pair of teenage dumbasses who were sorely in need of a major beatdown.
In any case, knowing that the club had been robbed several times already, I have no doubt that those bikers had had some time to think about just what they might do if something like that happened while they were there, and were ready (to paraphrase a major motion picture) to try some things out.
There was something about this on Fox 2 News last night, complete with surveillance camera footage. HOLY CRAP.