I read a little piece in the Irish Times yesterday.
I am confused.
Maybe someone can help me out?
More than a dozen suspected criminals have been arrested as part of an undercover sting operation after being duped into ringing the police to claim free beer.
Derbyshire Police said the suspects were detained after officers sent letters to a string of people who had evaded arrest for several months, urging them to claim a complimentary crate of beer from a marketing company.
OK. So far so good.
Chief Inspector Graham McLaughlin, who led the operation, said: “These suspects are people who have managed to evade arrest for some time so we have used different tactics to find them.
“It has been very cost-effective as it can take a lot of time and money to track people down.
On the face of it – fine?
But let’s move back a bit….
it can take a lot of time and money to track people down.
officers sent letters
So they didn’t know where the suspects were, but had their addresses?
Did it not occur to these bastions of law and order that if they had the addresses of those people, that that might have been a good starting place to look for them?
Or am I missing something?