Monday, February 01, 2010
January 2010. You may have heard news reports that a major crime ring has been discovered and broken up by Woodstock Police. According to court papers, Jason Hinsdale and his brother Dwayne, have been convicted of attempted assault, although the Police were never able to identify a victim of the Hinsdale’s operation. According the Duncan Duncan, Chief of Police, the Hinsdale brothers started their crime spree (called The Operation) in 2008 by telephoning members of the Woodstock Highway Department, threatening to assault them if they didn't pay a ransom of $100. Six months later, when the twins failed to identify any victims, Dwayne convinced his brother to participate in another version of the operation, one the pair called “The Other Operation.” Dwayne, who once tried out for (but did not place) in the TV hit “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” sent letters to 4 Woodstock fire-fighters, threatening not to assault them if they did not pay the $100 ransom. When The Other Operation still did not produce any results, the third and final version of the operation (called Another Operation) finally brought the results the Hinsdales sought. This time, they sent emails to 2 Woodstock Police detectives, threatening assault if the detectives did not pay a $100 ransom. Unfortunately, the brothers sent their email using their own AOL email accounts. Unlike the first two attempts, Another Operation caught the attention of the detectives, who responded to the emails by replying “I can deliver the cash to your home today. What is your address?” The trap was sprung when Jason responded with detailed driving instructions including a link to MapQuest. The detectives quickly tracked down the perps who were immediately transported to the Woodstock District Court the same afternoon.