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Archive for April 1st, 2008

Not going to post much tonight (working from home tonight because I love my job I love my job I love my job… if I say it enough times…)

But here’s a sweet little steaming heap o’ justice. If I had to guess where ol’ Brandon and Amber sit on the theoretical normal IQ bell-curve, they lag only slightly behind a Boston Fern. Still to the right of a card-carryin’ Democrat, but out there. At least three standard deviations.

Cruel Craigslist Hoaxers Busted

Burgling Oregon couple’s ad triggered ransacking of victim’s home

APRIL 1–A week after dozens of people ransacked an Oregon home in response to a Craigslist ad offering its contents for free, police have arrested a couple for orchestrating the online hoax as part of a bid to cover up an earlier burglary at the property. Brandon and Amber Herbert were nabbed last night for allegedly posting the March 22 Craigslist ad, which claimed that the Jacksonville ranch’s owner had to leave town so suddenly that his belongings–which included a horse–were available for the taking. The Herberts, investigators charge, did this to cover up their prior theft of several saddles and other items from the garage of the rural southern Oregon house, which is owned by contractor Robert Salisbury. After learning of the Craigslist ad, Salisbury returned to his property to find about 30 people rummaging through his home and remaining belongings. After subpoenaing Craigslist records, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators traced the online posting to the Herberts, according to the below probable cause affidavit. As a result, Brandon, 29, and Amber, 28, were both hit with burglary and computer crime charges. They are pictured in the above mug shots. (3 pages)

Credit goes to The Smoking Gun – a site that I love a great deal but only in small doses to keep my cynicism quotient down.

– LK

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