We generally suspect that few fake kidnappings go off without a hitch. And that’s especially true when the perpetrators of the crime don’t understand the basics of cell-phone technology:
At about 6am Friday morning Bangor Police received information that Mr. Daniel Chute was being held captive in an automobile in the Bangor Mall Cinema’s parking lot on Stillwater Avenue.
Police say these captors were demanding several hundred dollars to be wired to them and if they didn’t get the money, they would shoot Chute.
After more than two hours of cell phone company assistance using satellites to “ping” the location of the phone the victim was using.
Mr. Chute was located hanging out in a car with a male and a female in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory.
Though cell-phone tracking may ultimately have done in Mr. Chute’s alleged plot, we think the cops initially became suspicious because of the outrageously low ransom demand. A few hundred bucks? Sounds like Mr. Chute should have studied this chart before setting the wheels in motion.