In what one could describe as something that a Hollywood writer would think up, a robber held up an armored car and used decoys he hired from Craigslist. The robber posted an advertisement on Craigslist advertising for $28.50 per hour construction workers who were to wear certain clothing, which included a yellow vest, respirator mask and blue shirt. The robber informed the decoys to meet him outside of a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Washington.
According to this news article:
The robbery happened about 11 a.m. on an armored truck guard at a Bank of America branch.
“He was wearing a dust mask, a particle mask. At first I thought it might be a surgical mask. I still didn’t think anything was wrong, just unusual. Then I noticed he had a pump sprayer,” said Mitch Ruth, who had looked out his office window and noticed the man walking into the bank.
The robber sprayed the guard with pepper spray, grabbed a bag of money the guard was carrying and ran about 100 yards to the creek that runs into the Skykomish River, shedding clothes as he ran.
But apparently, the robber had planned ahead. In case anyone was hot on his trail, he had at least a dozen unsuspecting decoys waiting nearby, which he recruited on Craigslist.
You have to give this guy credit. The manner in which he planned ahead and used unsuspecting decoys from Craigslist is very ingenious.