21 March 2008

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (159)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Greenville News, via QuizLaw (from Wednesday, March 19; link good at time of posting):
Tauris Maurice Hart was supposed to stand trial on Monday, but authorities say that at the same time he was scheduled to be in court defending himself against a robbery charge, he was out on the streets committing the same crime.

The Greenville (North Carolina) man’s jury trial on a November 2006 strong-armed robbery charge was scheduled to begin Monday morning in Greenville County court, but Hart never showed, Assistant Solicitor Bryna Seay said today.

Instead, at about the same time, Hart was busy robbing a White Horse Road check-cashing business, a Greenville County Sheriff’s arrest warrant alleges.

. . . .

At about 11 a.m. on Monday, Hart entered The Money Store at 6134 White Horse Road, approached the counter and passed an employee a note threatening that he had a gun, according to the warrant. The note demanded the employee "should give him all the money," the warrant alleges.

The employee gave Hart the money and Hart fled in a marked taxi . . . . Deputies stopped the taxi a short distance away from the store, then Hart tried to escape on foot but was arrested a short time later . . . .

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His trial on the 2006 robbery charges will be rescheduled, Seay said.

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