It’s that time of year once again when thoughts turn to using Halloween as a cover for criminal activities. We have an article on Halloween Robberies under our “Planning” tab which has a bit about the phenomenon of Halloween crime, and we also have a number of posts about previous years’ Halloween robberies.
Our Masked Armed Robbery feed already shows a number of robberies where Halloween masks have been used. For example:
1) Police are searching for a man who allegedly wore a “bloody clown face” mask during an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in San Diego’s La Mesa area. According to police, the Halloween-themed heist happened just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday October 17 2013 at a 7-Eleven store located at 5746 Amaya Drive.
The suspect walked into the convenience store wearing what La Mesa police describe as a “Halloween mask of a bloody clown face” and pointed a handgun and mace at the clerk. The man allegedly ordered the clerk to open the cash register and get on the ground. The suspect then took some cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets before fleeing the scene on foot in an unknown direction, police said. The clerk was not injured in the robbery.
According to investigators, the masked man is described as Caucasian, between 30 and 35 years old, approximately 5-foot-10 with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans, black gloves and black and white shoes during the robbery, as well as the frightening clown mask.
2) JENISON, Mich. (WOOD) – Ottawa County deputies are working to track down a suspect after an armed robbery Tuesday morning October 22 2013. The incident happened just before 3 a.m. at the Speedway gas station located in at 1815 Baldwin Street.
Officials told reporters that a person, wearing a Halloween mask (see below), left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Deputies said the initial reports that came in indicated that the person had a gun, but the weapon turned out to be a knife. Officials searched for the suspect with a K9 unit, but believe the suspect might have gotten into a car before fleeing the scene.
These are just two small examples of the kinds of heist being committed by lone robbers using Halloween disguises in the early hours of the morning to rob gas stations and convenience stores. They don’t make much money from these crimes, but their targets are nice and quiet and cover of darkness makes them an easy hit.
As Halloween itself approaches, there will be plenty more opportunities for quick holdups under cover of trick or treat.