Story of the FBI Sting

Tappin' n' hackin'Here at CMM, we move a lot. We move couches and chairs and desks, but we also move novelty Aquaman aquariums. We move marble statues of John Lennon. We move mobile saunas and automated salsa manufacturing machines.

There isn’t a lot, in fact, that we don’t move. That being said, tell your movers in advance what they’ll be moving! It’ll make the whole experience much smoother.

Anyway, when you move a lot, you end up with stories. Some interesting, some just plain weird. Some are bone-chilling. We thought it might be nice for those of you facing moves to get a little taste of some of the things we’ve dealt with in the past. All the names and any pertinent personal details have been changed. This is the story of the FBI Sting.

It was late spring when the customers scheduled the move, misty and gray and threatening rain. A good time to move, as far as weather in the Twin Cities goes. The movers arrived at the origin location promptly at 8am, and gave the customers a call.

The customers told them to go right inside, that they weren’t home, but everything needed to be packed up and moved. A bit unusual, perhaps, but not the end of the world. The only issue was that the movers needed a signature before they could get started. The customer insisted that they really couldn’t make it back home, but they gave full permission to move everything, and besides, all of their credit card information was on file. Surely that was enough?

That’s when things started to really get weird. The movers went outside to retrieve some packing supplies (stretch wrap, blankets, etc), and noticed a man in a suit step out of an unmarked black car and approach them. He asked if they could give him a moment of their time, then flashed a badge at them. An FBI badge.

It turned out that the customers were wanted felons, and he asked if they were currently inside the house. When the movers explained the situation, he asked if the movers could get the customers to come back home to sign the paperwork. The customers were planning on fleeing the Twin Cities, and possibly the country.

Paperwork needs to be signed before a move anyway, and an FBI badge is remarkably persuasive, so the movers called the customer back and explained that they were needed to sign the paperwork before they drove the full truck away, but that they’d get started.

The FBI agent suggested that the movers go back inside, but not actually take anything out to the truck. They shuffled some things around and waited for the customers to arrive. When the customers did arrive, they didn’t even get a chance to go inside and sign the paperwork. Instead they were promptly greeted by several men in dark suits, and that was how the movers aided in the apprehension of criminals. On the plus side, their move was completed in record speed.

So remember: if you are a wanted felon, consider letting us know before the move begins. Surprises while moving aren’t always pleasant, especially when they involve being taken away to prison.