Thursday, June 21, 2007

Floating fool jailed

A man accused of planning to rob a credit union and get away by floating down the Provo River was sent to prison for 27 months. "What in the world were you thinking?" U.S. District Judge Dee Benson asked Patrick Burr, 46.

Patrick and Heather Burr had acquired large tyre tubes as they planned to rob Utah Community Credit Union on Dec. 1, federal prosecutors said.

But the car with the tubes inside was impounded for an insurance violation days earlier. While discussing other ways to rob the credit union, their conversations were recorded by an informant.

The Burrs pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bank robbery. Heather Burr will be sentenced next week. It turned out that one of the tubes had a hole. A getaway car would have been faster. The Provo River in late fall was flowing at 4 mph.

"You should write a book on this," the judge said.

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