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    SAMARITAN THIEF ALERTS COPS TO 'TERROR' VANBy LARRY CELONA
    Last updated: 7:41 am
    July 4, 2008
    Posted: 3:42 am
    July 4, 2008


    He's a criminal, but he "did the right thing" when it mattered - alerting cops to what he feared was a terror plot the day before the Fourth of July.
    At about 5 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified thief with a police record broke into a red van that had been parked at 53rd Street and Second Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park for about a month, a source told The Post.
    He was stunned when he looked inside - it was filled with gas cans and Styrofoam cups containing a mysterious white substance with protruding wires and switches.
    The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school. So he drove the van 15 blocks to 37th Street and parked it at a desolate waterfront location behind the Costco store and next to some little-used piers.
    Then he got out and called a cop he knows from his run-ins with the law.
    "He did the right thing," a high-ranking officer said. "And he possibly saved a lot of people's lives."
    Another source said cops are unlikely to file charges for the break-in.
    The van had Delaware plates that had been issued to another vehicle. It's not clear when its cargo was put inside.
    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined cops from the Bomb Squad and the anti-terror task force at the scene. Cops shut down three blocks.
    It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not

  • #2
    I guess there are some things that some bad guys fear more than the cops.

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    • #3
      Honestly, I can understand doing something like that.

      Thieving is one thing, but killing is a completely different animal, and even criminals know the difference.

      Someone who steals may have low morals, but they still have some morals...

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      • #4

        Kudos to that "bad guy" for doing the right thing! Even those in society who are on the 'lower rungs' of the moral ladder may sometimes experience some sort of epiphany that makes them at least show a spark of decency.

        Anyone who has worked the street knows that there are some "shady" people who can - from time to time - be of great assistance to law enforcement when it comes to catching some of the bigger fish.

        A street-level drug user, for instance, might be a C.I. for an officer who may end up being able to bag a kidnapper or killer based upon a 'tip' from a less-than-honest citizen.

        Oh, what a tangled web we weave!


        The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

        The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.

        ------------------------------------------------

        "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."

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        • #5
          And why wouldn't he just leave a anonimous tip? Make up some off the wall story. When cops get there I'm sure yall would investigate inside the van.
          Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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          • #6
            If it is all true, he probably wants some sympathy next time he steals.

            He's just out being a good criminal .

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