Boredom is a killer

A fugitive in the UK got bored with laying low and went looking for some diversion. He found some, but not the kind he was looking for.

A prison escapee has been recaptured after coming out of hiding to buy Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.As reported by Kotaku, Clint Butler had been hiding from UK police since November, having fled from Spring Hill prison in Buckinghamshire, where he was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery and firearms offences.

West Midlands Police spotted Butler and a friend out in Birmingham city centre in January and, after a scuffle, cuffed the former prisoner. When asked why Butler was in the city centre during the UK’s current lockdown measures, Butler’s friend told the police “I’ve come to get the new Call of Duty because I can’t sit around in lockdown.”

Butler wound up with 19 months added to his original sentence. I’m thinking that being in prison is even worse than pandemic lockdown. The food is worse, for sure. And I hear that the only video game you can play is Ms. Pac-Man.

smash and grab, London-style

Last week, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, located just north of London, was the scene of a pretty dramatic smash and grab robbery. Six men on three motorcycles hit the Fraser Hart jewelry store just after 10 AM last Tuesday. Armed with bats and axes, the men smashed cases and stole expensive watches and jewelry. They rode off several minutes later with an estimated $3.2 million in merchandise. Not bad for less than an hour’s work. The bikes were found abandoned at a golf course not too far from the mall. Here’s a video of the robbery, taken from one of the mall’s security cameras:

I have to give them credit, these guys were pretty slick. This thing just begs to be made into a movie. Maybe with Guy Ritchie directing. Jason Statham would have to be in it, of course. And maybe Stephen Graham and Tom Hardy. Ray Winstone would be perfect for the lead detective on the case. Any other casting suggestions?