Friday, June 29, 2007

Computer Crime?

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.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


I apologize to my 3 readers for not posting lately. Have a few things going on and have been busy around the house too.

We have done some landscaping, a new storm door, plus the usual day to day cleaning. I hope to be back posting soon so I can continue w/ the Afghan Chronicles.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rest Easy Brothers

Today I mourn the loss of 9 of my fire service brothers. The Charleston SC FD lost 9 brave men yesterday. They responded to a fire in a furniture store and while at least 2 victims were rescued 9 firefighters gave the ultimate sacrifice when the roof of the store collapsed on them. Story Here
One person today asked me why they would go into a store like that when it would be safer to fight the fire from the outside. While I was not there and don't know all the details I can sum things up a bit. Given the time of the day, 6:30pm and the fact that the store was occupied by at least 2 employees there really wasn't much choice in the matter. At that time of the evening there was a very good chance that a number of people could have been trapped inside. The choice was clear and the brothers responded.

So please keep the families and friends of the fallen brothers in your prayers.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Not A Nerd

I guess I am not much of a nerd. I don't know if that's good or bad!

I am nerdier than 16% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day 07

Happy Father's day to all the Dad's today. Speaking of Dad's Rick Hoyt is a great dad!

I haven't posted much lately, I've been busy and had somethings going on. Today I will post a few news links from my area.

This is totally messed up! What drives a 16yo to kill a friend and classmate and both his parents?

On Thursday we celebrated 160,000 accident free flying hours for the DE ANG. That's a lot of time in the sky and a good bit of our time in the sky is in high threat and high stress enviorments. It is a tribute to the professionalism and skill of the men and women I work with that we accomplished this milestone. Check out the story Here

Powerball is at an estimated $76 Million so I guess I need to play. I could use a little cash right now!

My blog buddy Spc Stanley finally got a helicopter ride. Good Job!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

This is too funny. All I did was put in my name & DOB in and it spit this out.

'What will your obituary say?' at

The real funny part is I joined the local VFW and have been razzed by guys at work about being an old guy sitting around the VFW swapping war stories!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

The Afghan Chronicles Vol 3

The movie "Groundhog Day" is referred to alot in deployed locations. Most of us can relate to Bill Murray's character who keeps reliving the same day over and over. The only difference is that our days are occasionally punctuated by moments of terror or violence. My days started around 0530 everyday, I walked about a 50 yards to the shower then back to my hooch. Then after putting on my uniform, and my battle rattle I headed to work. The battle rattle (helmet & vest) were not mandatory at that hour but it was easier to wear it than carry it. After dropping my stuff off at work I would usually head over for a quick breakfast before starting work aroun 0645. My days were filled with various networking chores including creating new user accounts and troubleshooting problems. Most things could be handled in the office either by talking the user through something or remotely operating their PC. Other times though we had to head over to the other side and handle the problems. Of course we usually tried to time this around lunch time so we could eat over there. They fed us close to the same thing on our side but it came in plastic containers and was at times luke warm, plus there wasn't much selection. Work ended around 1900 or so but most of us hung around for a bit playing computer games or chatting w/ folks back home via e-mail. Then it was off to bed to do it all over again the following day.

This is how things went day to day, but occasionally things changed and of course there was always the fun of the unexpected rocket attack to bring things into perspective. I was fortunate to experience 6 such attacks while there, including one while we were all in the middle of a urinealysis! We were all waiting in line in a test for our turn to give a sample for drug testing, all of us had been drinking water for at least an hour to prepare for the test. Of course someone joked that it would be a funny time for a rocket attack! Well that person almost got lynched because it wasn't 5 minutes later that one took place. We were stuck in the tent for over 40 minutes before the all clear was given! Then we could continue our testing! Needless to say most of us had no problem by then giving a sample!

That is all for now, tommorrow I will try and post some more of my trip and some more photos.

Friday, June 01, 2007


This is awesome! my blog buddy Army Wife Toddler Mom set some moron straight at the Infantry Museum @ Ft Benning.

Check it out!