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by Randy Cassingham

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Fingered by the Cops
Rafael Santiago, 34, allegedly broke into a Miami apartment in a burglary attempt. Once he determined there was no one inside, he set his shotgun down on a table. “The gun was zippered up in a carrying case. As he put it down, it fired. He shot his thumb off,” said police detective Dorothy Diaz. Santiago and an accomplice fled, but left the loot — and the thumb — behind, police said. Officers found the thumb, packed it in ice, and started calling hospitals, but doctors couldn’t reattach the digit because it was too “fragmented.” It was not, police assured reporters, impounded as evidence. (Reuters) ...Which is not to say they didn’t try to lift a fingerprint from it.
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