Is this a computer crime? LOL!
Safecrack lesson on Web fails to click
Interrupted search halts robbery try, police say
By TERRI SANGINITI, The News Journal
Posted Friday, June 29, 2007
Branden Tingey was charged after being arrested near New Castle Airport.
A man's plan to rob his former employer was was foiled early Thursday after he tried to look up safecracking instructions on the Internet -- in the employer's office, police said.
According to Delaware River and Bay Authority police Cpl. Joseph DiStefano, at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Branden M. Tingey walked into the men's room of the Polidoro Italian Grill near New Castle and hid in the ceiling until the restaurant closed.
When he decided the place was empty, Tingey went into the manager's office where he tried to break into the safe.
The problem was, DiStefano said, Tingey apparently didn't know how, and turned to the restaurant's computer to search for instructions. The search was interrupted when the restaurant's two managers, who had been in another part of the restaurant doing paperwork, walked in, police said.
Tingey, 28, of Delaware City, was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Thursday, a short time after fleeing the rear of the restaurant, on North Du Pont Highway, near New Castle Airport.
After a brief struggle with the managers, Tingey escaped out the back door. A Delaware River and Bay Authority officer discovered him on the grassy area in front of the airport terminal and arrested him, DiStefano said.
DiStefano said Tingey had been a manager at the restaurant but was fired three years ago.
"This was not a grudge," DiStefano said. "This was a burglary. He meant to rob the safe."
When officers returned to the restaurant about 10 hours later, they asked the general manager to show them the computer.
"The manager moved the mouse on the darkened screen, and 'How to Crack a Safe' came up on the screen on the Yahoo page," DiStefano said.
Police later charged Tingey with first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree burglary, carrying a concealed deadly weapon during a felony, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, menacing, and three counts of resisting arrest.
He was being held in lieu of $24,501 bail.