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NCJ Number: 43366 Find in a Library
Title: SURPRISE - SURPRISE - HOW THE LAWMEN CONNED THE THIEVES
Author(s): R SHAFFER; K KLOSE; A E LEWIS
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 247
Sponsoring Agency: Viking
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Viking
625 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BOOK RECOUNTING THE FULL STORY OF THE 'WASHINGTON STING' OPERATION IN WHICH POLICE SET THEMSELVES UP IN A 'MAFIOSI' FENCING OPERATION & VIDEOTAPED THE PROCEEDINGS AS THIEVES BROUGHT IN THE LOOT; 200 WERE ARRESTED.
Abstract: FOR FIVE MONTHS A TEAM OF WASHINGTON POLICE AND FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION MEN, MASQUERADING AS 'BIG BUYERS' FROM NEW YORK, OPERATED A WILDLY POPULAR FENCING RING OUT OF A DINGY WAREHOUSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH AN OUTLAY OF $122,000, THE TEAM RECOVERED 3500 STOLEN ITEMS VALUED AT $2.4 MILLION AND ARRESTED SOME 200 THIEVES, JUNKIES, WOULD-BE HIT MEN, PROSTITUTES, AND EVEN A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR. THIS STORY, TAKEN FROM THE VIDEOTAPES AND VOICE RECORDINGS USED AS EVIDENCE, AS WELL AS FROM INTERVIEWS, OFFICIAL FILES, COURT RECORDS, TRIAL TESTIMONY AND EXHIBITS, TELLS THE STORY OF THE 'WASHINGTON STING' OPERATION IN A LIGHT, HUMOROUS MANNER. THE DETAILS OF THE FALSE FENCING OPERATION ARE GIVEN ALONG WITH BRIEF PORTRAITS OF THE CRIMINALS AND THEIR MODES OF OPERATION.
Index Term(s): Dealing in stolen goods; District of Columbia; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Larceny/Theft; Police-run fencing operations
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