Secret Ingredient For Recent Police Bust? Beer.

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To catch a rabbit, try a carrot. Mice? Cheese. For man, it turns out beer works best. And the promise of a free case of brew led to substantially less freedom for 19 elusive British suspects.

An undercover operation led by the Derbyshire Constabulary offered a sudsy special to suspected criminals who had slipped through officers’ hands. The police department, under the guise of a marketing company, sent fake letters to dozens of suspects explaining that they’d won a free case of beer. (Really, how could such an offer be passed up?)

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Now for the inevitable catch: The suspects had to call a number – wired straight to the police station, of course – to arrange for delivery. But the only delivery was a pair of handcuffs straight to the wrists of 19 suspected criminals who fell for the police department’s scheme.

Read more at Time Magazine Online…

 

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