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Cops: Criminal Mastermind's Disguise 'Ineffective'

Police somehow saw through Jose Espinoza's attempt at hiding
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2015 3:45 PM CDT
Cops: Criminal Mastermind's Disguise 'Ineffective'
Jose Espinoza. Look carefully or you might miss him.   (Madera Police Department)

(Newser) – Pro tip: When the law is after you and you'd like to alter your appearance so as to avoid speaking with the aforementioned law, maybe try a fat suit or dyeing your hair. Probably what you don't want to do is spraypaint your face black, which is what police in Madera, Calif., say Jose Espinoza tried and which they term, via a wry Facebook post, "an effort to camouflage himself. The camouflage was ineffective." Police say that Espinoza was busted with a stolen car Saturday night; per KTLA, the 23-year-old fled the scene, only to return to his house sporting his less-than-clever disguise. Police were unfooled. Charges were filed. And bail was set at $35,000. In evidence: one spray paint can, a police rep tells ABC. (Read more dumb criminals stories.)

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