Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Orlando Thrill Ride Used To Stake Out Crime

Three people are accused of using a thrill ride on Orlando's tourist-filled International Drive to stake out a robbery.

"It's kind of an unusual way to rob someone," Orange County sheriff's representative Jeff Williamson said. "Casing isn't anything new. However, the way they did it seemed to be a bit unusual.

Investigators said an unidentified man and woman were videotaped on the Slingshot thrill ride at the Magic Midway on International Drive. The pair was apparently staking out a ride operator during the ride.After the ride closed, the woman spotted earlier on the ride used deception to get the ride operator to stop his vehicle as he was leaving the amusement area.

The man then rushed the victim's car, opened a car door and demanded money, police said.However, during the incident, the ride operator sped away. While fleeing, one of the men threw a brick into the vehicle's window.The man is described as a 20-year-old who is covered in tattoos, including a teardrop tattoo under his eye. The woman is 5 feet 7 inches tall with long brown hair.A description for a third man was not given.Anyone with information concerning the crime is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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