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    I would've like to have seen how he managed this. Also, take note of the last line of the story.

    As a getaway driver he certainly had some of the qualifications: youth, stupidity and a blatant disregard for the law.

    In one area, however, John Smith was lacking - he had no arms.

    Not that this was to deter a gang who, a court heard, employed him in a £175,000 raid on a jeweller's.

    Despite his disability, 18-year-old Smith, whose limbs end in stumps just below his elbows, managed to lead police on a terrifying 100mph car chase.

    At one point fellow gang members were leaning across to help him change gear.

    Smith, who cannot dress himself and lives at home with his mother, was one of four youths charged with raiding an Ernest Jones store at a shopping centre near Rainham in Essex, last December.

    As he waited in a Ford Focus, gang members used crowbars and hammers to smash their way into the store.

    Once the raid was complete they leapt back in the car and raced off towards London, with the police by this time in pursuit.

    Smith, who is not thought to have been wearing prosthetic arms during the chase, kept control of the vehicle for more than 30 miles before finally crashing on the approach to the Blackwall Tunnel-in the east of the capital.

    The teenager, from North London, pleaded guilty to his part in the raid at Maidstone Crown Court. He was given a 12-month youth custody sentence, suspended for two years.

    A judge also ordered that he be tagged and put under a six-month curfew.
    In mitigation, Lee Halliday-Davis said Smith had limited reading and writing skills.

    'Because of his naivety he did not fully accept that by sitting in the car he was actually involved in the burglary,' she said.

    Two of the other gang members, who also admitted burglary, were jailed. A third, who had sat in court sucking his thumb, was spared prison.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz0R2nOTER5

  • #2
    The craziest part to me was that they were using a ford focus for a getaway vehicle.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by marcusindc View Post
      The craziest part to me was that they were using a ford focus for a getaway vehicle.
      I dunno..I'm hung up on the one in court sucking his thumb...
      summer - winter - work

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      • #4
        LOL. I wonder what they told him to do when they caught him. Put your nubs in the air! lol. j/k
        "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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        • #5
          Originally posted by az4code23 View Post
          LOL. I wonder what they told him to do when they caught him. Put your nubs in the air! lol. j/k
          Cuffing might get tricky...
          summer - winter - work

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JLee View Post
            Cuffing might get tricky...
            LOL. I'm a horrible person.
            "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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            • #7
              I wonder if he could be charged with "armed robbery"?
              It's better to be hated for what you are, then to be loved for what you are not.

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              • #8
                ..................
                If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                ---Jack Handey

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by safetyallday View Post
                  I wonder if he could be charged with "armed robbery"?
                  BWAHAHAHAHAHA WINNER!
                  "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by safetyallday View Post
                    I wonder if he could be charged with "armed robbery"?
                    LOL!.........
                    "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                    • #11
                      actually the officer didn't have to really search him as he was unarmed

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                      • #12
                        So much for HANDcuffs.....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by az4code23 View Post
                          LOL. I wonder what they told him to do when they caught him. Put your nubs in the air! lol. j/k
                          There goes my coffee...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AKSledhead View Post
                            There goes my coffee...
                            There goes his "arms"
                            "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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                            • #15
                              Well maybe he comitted the crime without a weapon...strong arm robbery? Lol

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