These 3 stooges didn’t have a plan, but did get 15 years

This past week, three people were sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of an armed robbery and aggravated assault that occurred last July in Sandy Springs. This was a good example of bad planning that left the crime destined to fail.

Whether you’re planning a vacation, a home project or an armed robbery, the key is to plan.

These guys didn’t.

The robbery was conceived the night before it took place. The victim was at a club and met a woman. He thought he would impress her by showing off the jewelry and chains that he wore. She took notice and thought all that bling would look better on her so she made arrangements to meet the guy the next day.

He was thinking one thing while she was thinking robbery.

She got together with some friends and they planned out the robbery. They would go to the victim’s apartment, where the woman would set the guy up. They would pull guns, rob him and then make good the escape. Awesome! Can’t miss!

The following afternoon, she met the victim at the apartment complex parking lot. As planned, the three guys show up in their car and climb out where they commence the robbery. They got the drop on him and got the goods.

This is where the plan starting coming apart.

The victim wasn’t so cooperative. After they got the drop on him, they took his stuff. What they didn’t take was his car keys. As they left, he got into his car and followed them out of the complex and on to Northridge Road, and then onto GA 400, where they headed south with the victim behind them.

Plan A wasn’t doing too well so they decide to try and shake the victim. They exit onto the Marta exit ramp.

If you know anything about the Marta exit ramp off of GA 400, you know that when you exit, it puts you right back on GA 400 going north, meaning the chase is now looping around and headed back where it started.

They fired a few rounds at the victim hoping to scare him off. He started shooting back. Plan B is now out the window.

For some reason, the driver decides to exit onto Northridge Road where police are now rolling up in the area after getting the robbery call. (You don’t want to re-enter the crime-scene area too soon after the crime.) Plan C, which was having a car to escape in, is now also out the window as the driver loses control and wrecks at the intersection of Northridge and the GA 400 north entrance ramp.


The guys, who now had to be questioning their career choices, bailed out and ran into the wooded area that runs alongside GA 400 northbound. That area is fenced along the highway and bordered by a lake alongside the apartments where the robbery occurred in the first place. The escape route was limited to a narrow stretch of woods, with few options to change directions to throw off the cops.

The bad guys were running amok in the woods with no clue where to go because they’re not from around here. To make things worse, it was about 95 degrees with the same amount of humidity hanging in the air.

The time lapse from the robbery to when the bad guys return and crashed was only a couple of minutes. But it was enough time to allow the police K-9’s to get on-scene. Even worse for the crooks, the location was alongside the borders of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Roswell, all of which quickly sent cars to the scene. That meant there was a wide perimeter set up in a short amount of time.

The K-9’s are Belgian Malinois, very athletic dogs, who do much better in the humidity than the three bad guys, one of whom was well over the weight limit for an afternoon of fleeing from a botched robbery, short chase, sporadic gunfire and a loop the loop on the Marta ramp.

The scene was becoming a circus as traffic backed up at the site of the wreck, which is now a crime scene. Media trucks arrived after hearing on the scanners that we’re chasing bad guys in the woods well before the 4 p.m. newscast.

Media truck guys have a job to do, as do the camera folks. The job of the truck driver is to get that truck as close to the action as possible — meaning that unless you catch them in time, they’ll park in the middle of the crime scene, causing the sergeant on scene to scream at no one in particular about how the crime scene is falling apart.

Meanwhile, the three stooges are still lost in that narrow space between the GA 400 fence and the small lake. To make their day even worse, they can hear the K-9’s, who are very interested in finding them to determine who gets the first bite.

Eventually, and in time for the evening news, the three were arrested in the woods where they were trying to be invisible.

It was the end of a bad plan.

Stupid is as stupid does

A year later they’re shipping out for 15 years to do time over a bunch of jewelry and what I’m sure they thought was a well-thought-out plan.

The moral of the story is this: If you’re contemplating a crime, ask yourself, “What about the X-factor?”

What is the X-factor? The X-factor is everything will go wrong. It’s the cousin of Murphy’s Law.

Those guys were running around in the woods long enough they had to be individually reviewing everything that had gone wrong:

• Who knew the victim had a gun and could shoot and drive at the same time?

• Why doesn’t that stupid Marta ramp just go back north?

• Why the heck did we exit back on Northridge?

• And why did the TV trucks park in our crime scene?

There are probably a lot of folks that would commit a crime if they were sure they could get away with it. Even the best plans can go bad in a moment. You can bet something will go south.

Planning is everything. Fortunately for us, most crooks don’t plan in accordance with the X-factor.

Fear the X-factor!

26 comments Add your comment


June 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

And what happened to the female who was the instigator and cause of all of this? Did she also get 15 years or maybe 25?


June 2nd, 2010
9:49 pm

Hey Steve, gotta question for ya.. Why was the Sandy Springs (CAR #044) police car going 75+ miles an hour on 285/75 this evening running in the far left lane during rush hour traffic. Then when he got close to your Sandy Springs exit at Roswell Road, the officer (CAR # 044) had 5 lanes of traffic to cut across in almost one single move. Totally uncalled for!!!!!!! CAR#044 was out of his/her county so spare me the racing to a call BS.. If you want to enforce the law better live up to it also right??? Oh wait I forgot, if you dont do 75+ in the left lane you might get run over.. But next time CAR#044 cuts me off I will gladly put my cellphone down to give him the one finger directional finder!!!!


June 3rd, 2010
7:23 am

I love a good dog story, but why don’t the police use a good old American breed like say a German Shepherd?


June 3rd, 2010
8:14 am

To answer 4Runner, that was Muldoon on his way to pick up Toody.


June 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Wait, if the victim’s not a police officer shouldn’t he be charged with firing his gun in traffic or within city bounds or something? If one of those shots had gone wild and hit another vehicle or if someone had panicked at the sound…

Bottomline, is it really worth it for some jewelry?


June 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Man gotta wear the bling—it’s a street thing.


June 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

just goes to show, bling lovers are like magpies; collecting any bit of shiny crap

Erik from Atlanta

June 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

LOL!!! Larry, Moe and Curly as robbers. Too funny!!!


June 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

To kar, if the suspects who robbed you starts shooting at you, legally speaking, they just became your little yellow duck at the arcade shooting gallery.


June 3rd, 2010
11:45 am

Mustang, I agree if this is within your house because you can argue that you feel eminent danger but when you’re pursuing them in a high speed chase on the interstates while shooting a gun?


June 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Festus, you’re too funny. Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd? What’s American about a GERMAN Shepherd? How about an English Bulldog or an Australian Shepherd? I’m sure the Malinois was born here and is a legal canine. They’re all just names.

Way Prettier Than You are

June 3rd, 2010
2:13 pm

If you are do the crime be prepared to do the time…..
Way to GO SSPD. :) !!!!!

Way Prettier Than You are

June 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

If you going to do the crime be prepared to do the time….Sorry I am typing way to fast………………..


June 3rd, 2010
6:15 pm

I bet the poor guy thought he was going to get lucky. Indeed he was lucky.


June 4th, 2010
4:26 am

You would suffer consequences if an errant shot did ANY sort of damage, and that’s the risk he took (maybe unknowingly), but a citizen attempting to subdue dangerous felons who robbed him at gunpoint is not illegal, especially ones who are shooting at you. I am also certain it was explained to him the danger that was presented to surrounding motorists, much less himself, over stolen bling.

Hoppin Jack

June 4th, 2010
11:25 am

HA HA HA…more thugs in jail where they belong.

El Kabong

June 4th, 2010
11:45 am

Great story Lt Steve.

Glad people are reading and responding to this blog; sorry that some have started trying to use it for some sort anti-cop venting. Too bad we haven’t found the super robo-police that are immune to human fraility.

Ban SUVs

June 4th, 2010
12:59 pm

4runner – you sound kinda scary, and in need of stress management. But do you know how many duma$$ SUV drivers have tried to suck my tailpipe, cut in front of me causing me to have to slam on my brakes, or otherwise display REELY obnoxious, arrogant driving techniques ?????
Also, your inference is that the officer was at the end of his shift and scurrying to the time clock is just stupid. And, well, ya can’t fix stupid, so I won’t pick on you any more.


June 4th, 2010
2:57 pm

That’s the problem 4runner- there’s no accountablity for these uneducated cops. You think they don’t drive 80 mph and tailgate in every other podunk suburb? They do. The main concern for the modern day cop is “Have I filled my quota?” There is almost no respect for the laws that they exploit to make money.

I say put a cash drawer in every cruiser. Why keep up this protect and serve pretense?


June 4th, 2010
5:35 pm

Great story.. always nice to hear the bad guys getting caught and the 15 years don’t seem to be enough. Why don’t the dumb@$$es get a job and buy what they want. I, too, want to know what happen to the B!*^# that set up the guy.


June 4th, 2010
7:30 pm

Hey BAN, I miss your point since any make of car can fall into your troubled mind. Im only wondering why a cop is doing to me what you just explained.. Now go back to playing with dolls and let the big boys talk..


June 5th, 2010
12:41 pm

Irish Setter, Scottish Terrier, French Poodle–can you imagine a dog unit of those? The terrier bites you on the ankle and the setter subdues you by beating you with its tail while the poodle barks and pi$$es everywhere.


June 5th, 2010
1:55 pm

You write very well! Do I see another Joseph Wambaugh on the horizon? When I read your column, I laugh (at the laughable) because I’ve “Been there, done that”.

Retired (Thankfully!)

Ban SUVs

June 5th, 2010
7:28 pm

HA HAAAAA !!!!!! Well 4runner, guess that means you won’t be able to participate in the conversation since yours isn’t very ‘big’.


June 6th, 2010
12:58 am

Ban’s a keyboard cowgirl!!!! Best we all hide our lil children before his head explodes..


June 8th, 2010
11:01 pm

so does this mean donny will now be required allowed to wear a cowboy hat?