Bank Raid!!!

Back in July, Sam’s Getaway Car made it so close to The Bank. Dropped Off C’s placed it in Hawthornden Station – Mega Safe House which, although looked after by the same dodgy banker, is not The Bank. And there it remained whilst everyone headed off to the East coast for the Ayrshire Mega. Not so the Theclarkiebums who retrieved it.
However, it was not looking good as they started to plan their Bank Raid…
Found this in Hawthornden Safe house. Got back to the car and took a better look at it.
Read the coords on his label and thought I can get him to the place he would like to go…only it lead me to a house in a street. Quite confused now!
Will see if I can figure where I have gone wrong or just drop him off again.

It turns out that what they needed was Northern Scottish air. They went for a trip North and must have worked it all out because only a few days later…
Sam's Getaway Car CoinDropped OffTheclarkiebums placed it in The MEGA Bank (Edinburgh)
We had to case this joint a few times before we finally got into the bank and blew the safe where we deposited Sam’s getaway car!
Our first resulted in a bit of a puzzled look on my face…call this a bank? I just couldn’t imagine it! (Or where it could be??)
Second outing to suss this bank out had us casing the joint from the safety of our car whilst 3 young security guards on scooters and bikes patrolled the area…we decided the time was not right and left after a bit.

Third attempt resulted in a drive by due to the bank being shielded by security giving their patrol car a good old cleaning!
Tonight however on our fourth attempt there was no security to be seen so a swift (well as swiftly as humanly possibly by Mr Clarkiebum!) Sam’s getaway car was dropped off and job done!!

It will have a shiny coin attached, and will then be returned to the Safe House ready for the journey home this time!

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Darth Raider Arreseted

Well, this is a bit complicated since those at the MEGA are still catching up with logging caches and trackables but after contacted a few of those involved I think it is legit!!!
Let’s try to pull the events apart…

After successfully robbing The Bank, Dark was placed in the safe house on 1st August
Dropped OffROSE-&-THISTLE placed Darth Raider in A Mega 2014 Travellers Motel

from where he seems to have been Retrieve It from a Cacheretrieved later that day by Gem516 who proceeded to take him, in her handbag, toDropped Off UK Mega Event 2014 – Ayrshire and Arran on 2nd August.

Unfortunately, at the same time…
RedwoodWarriors, piloting Chase-2 on Patrol had received a tip-off…
Acting on a tip-off that the suspect had fled Safe House at motel due to pressure from motel manager and guests, Ayreshire Police Chief commanded Chase-2 to patrol Eglinton campsite to apprehend suspect.

It was not until the next day (2nd August), however…
Dropped OffRedwoodWarriors placed Chase-2 on Patrol in UK Mega Event 2014 – Ayrshire and Arran
Extended patrol to Ayr Racecourse several miles South where a large crowd was gathering at the Mega. Suspect found hiding like the coward he is, in a lady’s handbag. Arrested and held in custody.

Darth Raider Bars

Discovered ItRedwoodWarriors discovered Darth Raider
You are under arrest on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, fleeing justice, attempting to pervert the course of justice, possession of an offensive weapon – to wit, one “Death Grip” – and possession of an offensive face. You are not obliged to say anything, but I should warn you that if you do not now mention something that you wish to give in evidence later this may harm your defence. Do you understand? And you’re lying. You are not in the Travellers Motel, you were hiding in a lady’s handbag several miles away at the Mega in Ayr. Chase-2, Police Interceptor, on patrol in Ayrshire.


Darth arrest

It seems that Darth was then picked up and taken to his home cache straight away!!! Despite his shameful actions his owners seem happy to have him back…

Retrieve It from a Cachecooper troopers retrieved Darth Raider  from Game of Two halves (His Home Cache)
Yay he made it to the bank and back home.
Indy and I went for an early morning walk and found him the home cache. Darth had a quick go on the zip wire at the park before making Indy carry him home.

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MEGA Bank Raid!!!!

It was always going to happen, as cachers from all over the country descended on Ayrshire. But the journey for Bilbo began on 31st July…

Retrieve It from a CacheHandymoo retrieved Bilbo the bank burglar from LoB Moorcock

Well the things you have to do in the name of caching. Well what do you know, we are on our way to Scotland, looks like The Family will be involved in a robbery. Shhhh don’t tell Eve she’s a police lady

Only to be followed shortly after by…

Bilbo CoinDropped OffHandymoo placed Bilbo the bank burglar in The MEGA Bank (Ayrshire)

As we made our way towards the MEGA Bank we saw a security agent dressed in plain clothes like a muggle. He was walking an aged labradoggle as part of his disguise and from the look of the labradoggle we knew we would be ok if we had to run for it!

We parked the getaway vehicle (the (C)achers (R)esponse (V)ehicle) not too far away from the bank and made our way on foot with Bilbo as he had assured us that this was indeed the bank.

We did see someone from the Criminal Analysis Team (CAT) but to be purrfectly honest he looked more like a cat and gave us a passing glance before paying us no notice at all.

Moo and Great Aunt T did notice that the boys were hanging back as we approached the tellers window and they were rather unsure in case there were any security cameras, but it looks like they are CATnapping as there is no one around. Maybe they are doing security at Eglinton Park this evening!

Great Uncle J was brave and joined us at the bank and said “Is that a deposit box[?]” Moo took a look and opened the door. Well what do you know, Moo deposited Bilbo into the bank, job done. We managed to slip Bilbo in under the radar.

Took Nothing, but we can’t vouch for Bilbo


A coin will be attached and he will be sent on his way home, still 2nd and 3rd place to play for!!

Further reports from Islalou
At last we have arrived in Ayrshire, and after booking in at the local PI, and only time for a quick cup of coffee, it was time to once again join forces with The Family, for a major mission, Ssshhh we are off to rob The Bank!

I first became aware of this puzzle cache a couple of months ago when planning our trip to Ayr, next step was to try and find a robber. Research let me to believe Bilbo was some 50+ miles from home and had been languishing in a cache for over six weeks, and seemed to be heading in the wrong direction.

A quick email exchange with Bilbo’s top dog and she agreed if we found Bilbo we could keep him for several weeks before heading on the long trip north. Bilbo has traveled with us to all sorts of place in an attempt to confuse anyone trying to catch up with him, but we have kept him close to us, so no-one every knew he was in close proximity.

For the raid it’s self we decided to employ the services of a get away driver, (and Big Bruv-in-Law seemed the perfect choice) This meant sharing our secret, I knew the consequences of sharing information, so cleared this with The Banker first. Now how to let The Family (Nene Valley Caching Mafia) in on the secret…We were travelling in convoy through Lancashire when I dropped Bilbo into a cache for Lil’ Sis to pick up, so now she is the major player in the heist and surely I am only an accessory to the crime, my punishment will be less.

Once in the right vicinity we were surprised the security guard seemed only to be a accompanied by an aging labrador and not some fearsome doberman. Apart from the the coast seemed clear. It was the girls that took the lead, as the boys must have though we were nuts looking for a bank here, but it was Great Uncle J that spotted the easiest way to gain access, Lil’ Sis smashed the outer wall and made her way straight to the vault.

Left Bilbo to compete the job and made a hasty retreat to the get away vehicle.

My thanks to The Banker for allowing The Family to complete this cache as a team effort, it would not have been some much fun with out Lil’ Sis and Big Bruv-in-Law.

A well thought out concept, and we look forward to more of the same at future MEGA events.

Good Luck Bilbo, hope you make it to your safe house, we have really enjoyed being part of this unusual race.

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OK, time to try to catch up with what has been happening over the two UK Megas up in the Bank area!!

I have been away this last week, and I am about to go away for another week!!! The map should be up to date, but as far as I can tell we had two Bank robberies and an arrest.

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Bank Raid!!!!

Just before all the action kicks off as cachers from all over The World head to The Bank areas this one slips in!!

Once again it began with a seemingly innocuous log…
Retrieve It from a Cacheden sure kalkun retrieved Mad Max the Wrestler from Overlooking something
You’re coming with me!

Only to be followed shortly after by…

Mad Max Coin
Dropped Offden sure kalkun
placed Mad Max the Wrestler in The MEGA Bank (Edinburgh)
He will have a shiny new coin attached and will be placed into the safe house soon.


…but it almost never happened- den sure kalkun reported…
At GZ I was a little lot confused.  There is no place to hide a cache here, surely?  I tried one, but if it was there, surely it would have had a particular attribute?  Double-checked… no, that attribute was not there.  I was then ready to give up, but Elpth found the cache.  And yes, there is a missing attribute.  This would have been a DNF were it not for Elpth’s boldness.  Well done her.

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Update coming

I am working on a full update in the next few of days, just to get a grip on where everyone is before Mega season! In the next few weeks a huge amount of the geocachers will be heading towards the Banks for two Mega events- so expect a lot of movement!!

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Valerio Viccei Arreseted

Just like his name-sake he had success but ultimately got arrested!! Lets hope that unlike his name-sake he will learn his lesson and not end up the same way.

After successfully completing (but not winning) The Bank Job 2012 he has a year off. This year, though, he couldn’t help himself. The rest doesn’t seem to have helped, though, as 5 months later with only 3 moves he was still in North West England on Day 153…

Dropped OffShortGaiters placed Valerio Viccei in Mere Sands Wood: Reap the Whirlwind
A bit closer to Scotland.

But his movements did not go unnoticed…
Chase-2 this is Base Ops…
10:50 UTC — CAT has been notified that Valerio Viccei was observed entering a geo-lodging facility about an hour ago. approximately 10 miles north of his last know address. Now in the Mere Woods area east of Southport. Your Map display has been updated. Case assignment to be posted with 10-43 later.
Base Ops 10-64viccei arrest

Chase-2’s pilot, stevebm, was quick to respond…

Valerio arrested
Dropped Offstevebm placed Valerio Viccei in Mere Sands Wood: Reap the Whirlwind

Chase 2 arrested Valerio Viccei – Bank Robber at the mere sands cache. Chase 2 was drop at the cache to make the arrest. He was left in the cache waiting to be picked up by ground support.

So, Valerio Viccei is out of the game.

Then, to rub salt into the wound another cacher visited later in the day…
Retrieve It from a Cache RedwoodWarriors retrieved Valerio Viccei from Mere Sands Wood: Reap the Whirlwind
Guess where we’re going next month? Yes, the Mega in…. Ayr! 

He may make it to The Bank, but he will not be successful in robbing it and will not receive a gold coin!


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