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.38 Revolver and Caller-ID Help Nab Stupid Robber

Originally ran here as:
"Police say an attempted robbery..."
The Boston Globe
January 25, 2002

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA (AP) -- Police say an attempted robbery suspect was thwarted by caller ID and by the fact that he tried to rob a retired sheriff who carries a gun in his robe when he answers the door late at night.

Police say Travis Suomi banged on former Sheriff C.L. Norvell's door shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday and asked to use the telephone. Norvell said he gave Suomi a cordless phone and Suomi made a call in the front yard.

Police said Suomi then returned to the phone to Norvell and announced that it was a robbery. But Norvell drew a .38-caliber pistol from his robe pocket, he says, and ordered Suomi to leave, which he did.

About 10 minutes later, Suomi's girlfriend apparently used caller ID to return Suomi's call, police said. Norvell answered, and since he also has caller ID, he was able to take down the number the woman was calling from. It turned out to be Suomi's home phone number.

Suomi, 23, was arrested and charged with home invasion robbery. He was being held Thursday at the St. Lucie County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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