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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bizarre Robberies

From Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Reuters): "Armed bandits in Brazil robbed a vehicle carrying more than 400 breast implants...A spokesman for the state postal service confirmed that assailants, apparently men, robbed the postal van with implants Thursday night, (July 7) in Rio de Janeiro. Each Silimed breast implant costs nearly $400....Margaret Figueiredo, director of silicone implant manufacturer Silimed, said the implants, each bearing an individual number, could now only be sold for clandestine surgeries.  Horrific stories abound in Brazil about the illegal operations, which can cause gangrene and death." Story...

Chicago (Reuters): "A bank robber behind the wheel of his car Tuesday sent a note (asking for money) through a vacuum tube to the teller at the drive-through window at a branch of Chicago’s LaSalle Bank, and the teller obliged, returning an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.  The exchange was completed through the bank’s pneumatic tube communications system, in which canisters are passed back and forth between motorist and teller." "That Must Have Been One Heck of a Note". [Mark Godsey]

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