In the interests of full disclosure I want to start by saying I do not condone crime. Being arrested will limit your travel options and the worst thing about prison is not those awful orange jumpsuits, but the lack of Wi-Fi.
So one more time for the people in the back: don’t break the law!
Now that the PSA is over, let’s get to the juicy stuff. Clearly the OR Tambo heist is still hot news.
While some of us were playing the Lotto and crossing fingers, a bunch of cool operators drove into an airport and left with R24 million in cash … without firing a single bullet.
It was almost like a movie. In the two weeks since the robbery there has been a lot of speculation, but no clues and no arrests.
That all changed last weekend, when five suspects in the heist were arrested because one of them bought a Lamborghini and the sale was flagged as suspicious
I feel like this could have been avoided if these criminals watched more movies.
Learning from your mistakes is a good wave. Learning from other peoples’ mistakes so you don’t repeat them is even better.
Being arrested will limit your travel options and the worst thing about prison is not those awful orange jumpsuits, but the lack of Wi-Fi
You know what’s a great way get those other life lessons? Movies …
While munching popcorn, you can see real and fictional narratives unfold and take the relevant notes. I’m going to assume these robbers watched a few heist flicks, because the initial execution was flawless. In and out of a national key point that is heavily policed and under round-the-clock surveillance … we are talking Oceans Eleven vibes here.
Clearly pulling off a brazen robbery is a team effort. The problem with teams is they are only as good as the weakest member. And there is always that one dude …
Remember when the mastermind in Goodfellas had to shout at his co conspirators because one of them came to a party after the big job with his wife wearing an expensive mink coat? Then he lost it for real when he found out another of his partners in crime had bought his wife an expensive car. These people in Jozi airport were definitely not watching this movie.
The problem with teams is they are only as good as the weakest member. And there is always that one dude …
I started by stating that I’m not for crime, but I’m not going to lie. I felt that the most infamous robbers in the country were brought down by the fact that one of the crew refused to follow the first rule of robbery club.
The first rule of a big heist is do not spend the money when you get it
If these guys had watched The Inside Man they would know that. Not only did all the conspirators walk away from rigorous police interrogation, but the mastermind spent an entire week hidden in the bank. Consider that. Seven days with no shower!
Then your favourite next blesser couldn’t contain himself and went to buy the overpriced Italian sports car I keep dreaming about. And because he didn’t watch the The Bling Ring, about thieves who blocked their own blessings by flexing on social media, he posted the same car on the book of faces … and was caught very quickly. At this point, whatever sympathy I may have had ran out very fast.
By the time you read this it’s likely the whole crew will be behind bars
If there is any take away from this it should be that crime is bad.
The second thing we should remember is that if you tried to be slick in your head about a robbery, chances are someone else has probably tried already on celluloid.
So watch them and learn. The rest of us will keep playing the lottery and hoping our ancestors make those numbers roll our way.