Thursday, June 21, 2007


GOLDEN INERTIA


Visiting crime enthusiasts might remember my passing take on the recent gold thefts in Japan, of the unguarded pure gold bathtub and the unsecured 100kg block of solid gold, and how it was unlikely that any of the gold would ever be found, since thieves sharp enough to succeed in stealing it could so easily melt it down into other forms...

Well the bathtub lifters are still wallowing in their success somewhere, but I was overestimating the acuity, or underestimating the inertia, of the the three who made off with the 100 kg block. But then gold can do that to thieves, who in this case apparently just sat around blissfully looking at their treasure - or most of it - This is our gold: our gold! It is quite beautiful don't you think...

Seems the police found the perpetrators at home with 2/3 of the purloined chunk still sitting there like only 66 kg of gold can sit there. Of course once the trio had set the block down, it was a real hassle to move, so it appears they were just withdrawing bits of it at a time, like a gleaming ATM on the coffee table. One of the thieves was a Romanian woman, another was of unconfirmed nationality, so maybe the golden inertia of abrupt wealth was also compounded by linguistic and cultural difficulties, which history tells us are at their worst when gold is involved...

4 comments:

Joy Des Jardins said...

Looks like they were foiled by the 'gloating' factor...it's rendered many a felon helpless...abd stupid.

Anonymous said...

100 kilograms is about 220 lbs. or so, is it not? That's a chunk to spirit away from anywhere. I don't know how I'd steal it if it were sitting out by the curb and nobody was watching.
I can just picture these gonifs, sort of like the caricature of someone sifting their coins (jewels) through their fingers for amusement.

I snuck in here, maybe, from Nobody Asked, but, then, I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

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I'm gerry rosser at twoblueday.wordpress.com.

Trace said...

God this is still so funny to me! :)