Dan Rojer

Dan Rojer

Mad thief
Country: USA

Content:
  1. The Infamous Thief: Robbery for Fame
  2. The moral of the story is a plea to parents: love your children!

The Infamous Thief: Robbery for Fame

Dan Roger, a 33-year-old man, decided to become a thief for the sake of fame. Traditionally, robberies are committed for financial gain, but rarely do people rob for notoriety. In the case of Dan Roger, his motive seems to stem from a deep sense of inadequacy. At 33 years old, he reached an age where he wanted to see his achievements in life and find his place in the world. Perhaps these motivations partly drove him to commit the nearly perfect robbery.

Despite his self-perceived lack of success, Dan had actually achieved a decent amount in life. He had worked at his company for ten years, bought a decent house for $50,000, and was considered financially stable. However, he did not feel content. Chronic dissatisfaction with his life drove him to constantly complain about his circumstances. He believed that being a white man hindered his success, as he envied the favor he believed was granted to women and people of color. His constant complaints made his coworkers miserable as he lamented about not being noticed by girls and feeling ignored by society.

Dan's childhood was marked by neglect from his parents. They divorced when he was three years old and passed him from one caretaker to another, treating him as a burden. Despite his efforts to be a good son and excel in school, his parents showed no interest in him. This lack of parental attention affected his mental health. Although he scored high marks in college, he was not allowed to pursue a career in criminal law due to his inadequate psychological test results. It was then that he devised a long-term plan to become famous worldwide, even if it meant becoming a criminal. He joined a cash-in-transit company and waited for the right moment to act.

The opportunity presented itself unexpectedly. Dan, as usual, was collecting money from supermarkets with his team. There were five people in the cash-in-transit vehicle – Dan, the driver, and three security guards named Sam, John, and Mel. Once all the money was collected, Dan instructed the driver to go home, while the security guards began unloading the bags into the storage facility. Dan's role was to oversee the unloading process and defend against potential threats with his gun. Suddenly, something inexplicable came over him. He turned to the exhausted guards, pointed his gun at them, forced them to drop their weapons, handcuffed and restrained them. In hindsight, he should have acted sooner to save everyone from the extra work of re-loading the bags. He ended up carrying over twenty million dollars for more than two hours. Nonetheless, the newfound self-assurance he felt after years of self-doubt gave him immense strength. Once the money was hidden, he placed the two guards on top of the bags, bound by handcuffs, and drove away.

His subsequent actions were improvised on the go. He decided to lock up Sam and John at his house, leaving them on the floor until the police arrived. He secured Sam to the fireplace and John to the toilet. He took Mel to a remote location, where he secured him with handcuffs around a tree trunk. Mel had recently been promoted, which Dan considered unfair, as he believed he deserved the promotion. By ensuring that Mel had an uncomfortable time, Dan felt a sense of vengeance. However, he showed a degree of empathy by providing Mel with chips and a sleeping bag, assuring him that he would notify the police after forty-eight hours. Surprisingly, Mel managed to free himself from the handcuffs using a pocket knife that Dan had carelessly left. Mel then promptly went to the nearest police station to provide his testimony. However, by that time, Dan was long gone. His resourcefulness and ability to cover his tracks allowed him to transfer the money to Mexico undetected, where he planned to settle down. He managed to evade the police for several months, leaving them hopeless in their search for him.

Feeling that he was already being forgotten, Dan yearned for the limelight. He wanted the attention, the flash of cameras, and the media coverage. To avoid fading into obscurity, he decided to make a public appearance. Crossing the border once again, he claimed that he was visiting friends and carrying Easter gifts. When asked to open his heavily packed backpack, stacks of green bills spilled out. The former cash-in-transit worker's face lit up with happiness as he sat on the defendant's bench. His robbery was deemed unprecedented, and his trial garnered significant attention. His photo appeared in newspapers across the country. However, the buzz eventually died down, as it often does, and Dan began to fear being forgotten. Determined to avoid obscurity, he filed appeals in every court. If he fails, he contemplates framing his cellmate.

The moral of the story is a plea to parents: love your children!

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