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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« on: September 18, 2008, 02:41:04 AM »
and gets stuck...

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - It wasn't the preferred way to enter the Knoxville Museum of Art, but Richard Anthony Smith told police he was on a mission. The 25-year-old Knoxville man called 911 from his cell phone before dawn Wednesday saying he was trapped in an air conditioning duct leading from the museum roof, Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.
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Police and firefighters reached the roof, found a rope and cable and followed them to a vent shaft. Peering inside, they spotted Smith about 45 feet down.

"Mission failed," he told them.

Hoisted up and read his rights, Smith told police he was a "special agent from the United States Illuminati, badge number 0931" and had rappelled onto the museum from a helicopter, a police report said.

He said he was following orders to "defuse and confiscate" a Soviet-made nuclear warhead, specifically a "MERV6SS-22AN" warhead, according to the report. The bomb supposedly was hidden in a blue, plastic cow sculpture in the museum basement, he said.

However, Smith told officers his "agency" called while he was in air-vent limbo to say it made a mistake and the bomb might be in a Memphis museum instead.

Police charged Smith with aggravated robbery. He was being held on $2,000 bond at the Knox County Jail. Authorities said he did not have a lawyer.

"Fortunately he was able to reach his cell phone," DeBusk said, "or he may not have been found for quite some time."

His excuse is almost as amusing as the attempt.

Offline Revolverman

Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 02:55:16 AM »
This guy has watched too many movies.

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Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 07:22:33 AM »
Someone's going for the insanity defense.

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Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 11:55:44 AM »
This should have been in the Comedy Corner. "World's Dumbest Criminals" thread, anyone?

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Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008, 12:00:04 PM »
Now he knows what a T.V. dinner feels like ;)

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Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 12:11:07 PM »
Heh, Die Hard reference. ;D  I'd be game for a World's Dumbest Criminals thread. :D

Offline Apple of Eris

Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2008, 07:58:25 PM »
I bet I could make that insanity plea stick!

Offline The Overlord

Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2008, 02:03:03 AM »

Hee hee, worst crook, best excuse...but air vents aren't always nice and roomy like in Tomb Raider or the X-Files.  :-\

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Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2008, 07:45:35 AM »
Try 'rarely as roomy'.  With luck, I might be able to get into an average air-duct, and I'm much flatter than Lara Croft (but so are most girls with her waist measurement ;) ).

Offline The Overlord

Re: Guy tries to enter a museum through an AC duct...
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2008, 01:42:42 AM »
Try 'rarely as roomy'.  With luck, I might be able to get into an average air-duct, and I'm much flatter than Lara Croft (but so are most girls with her waist measurement ;) ).

Well at least Lara made it much more interesting. That all-fours-from-behind position they introduced in the later games when she crawled into tight spots was worth the price of the game CD alone.  :D