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Bank Robber Caught After Leaving Urine Bottles Behind 8

Posted by samzenpus
from the are-you-sure-you-remembered-everything? dept.
A couple of Swedish bank robbers had the perfect plan: sneak inside a bank vault on Friday, spend all weekend emptying safe deposit boxes, escape when the bank opens again on Monday. They would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling pee bottles they left behind. From the article: "They managed to surprise bank staff and escape when the vault was reopened. But prosecutor Frederik Larsen said they forgot to take the urine with them 'so we were able to get their DNA samples from the bottles.' The evidence helped prosecutors win a 21-month prison sentence for the Swede. His accomplice is still at large and the loot hasn't been recovered."

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Bank Robber Caught After Leaving Urine Bottles Behind

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  • You can get DNA samples from urine? More bad news for R. Kelly!
    • by v1 (525388)

      urine contains a substantial number of dead red blood cells, swept from the bloodstream by the kidneys. since adult blood cells discard their nucleus to create more room to carry oxygen and nutrients, they don't live too long without a nucleus, so the body goes through quite a few of them every day.

      • by sjames (1099)

        And without a nucleus, the red blood cell doesn't have any DNA either.

        I imagine it was cells shed from the bladder wall that gave them DNA.

  • No eating and pooping for that weekend? Did they fast?

  • It just might be worth it.

    So many sentences people are receiving in crimes like these make it so that committing the crime might be worth it.

    An ex-boss of mine told me many moons ago of a colleague from university he knew who planned, and successfully executed a pyramid scheme of some sort. Netted himself just south of $2M in about 4 months. Stashed the cash away in an off-shore account, got caught, went to jail at a low-security country-club style prison for 2 years less a day, got out, moved to some exo

  • ... of how to degrade the piss-pots sufficiently to make DNA testing unsuccessful.

    (Not that I'm planing a heist like this, of course.)

    First thing, just to make life more difficult for the investigators would be all perps piss/ shit into the same pot, until it's full ; then any chemicals get added, and the container gets sealed. (This means that there is only one open bottle to knock over at any one time ; it also means that any undegraded fragments of DNA that make it through the chemical stewing to come, w

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