Tale of the BlackBerry Trickster


nomorelies.jpgYet another reason for us all to be on our defenses at all times – just what we needed. A story has surfaced via the Village Voice and talks of a tale of a woman named Allison who may have been too quick to trust after adopting a BlackBerry for the first time. She was actually lured in by her salesperson – one Andre Roper – who used his position to his advantage.

Allison was in Halifax when her BlackBerry rang. It was her first call since leaving New York.

She recognized Roper’s voice right away. Again, Roper invited her to his party that night. Again, she declined. The whole thing was kind of strange, Allison thought. Hadn’t she told Roper that she was going away? Well, whatever.

It gets weirder from there, folks. Five pages worth of weird.

Calls were coming in to family members from people they’d never heard of – “friends” of their daughter and sister. Turns out huge parties were being thrown at Allison’s apartment while she was away, Bloomingdale’s was calling for money, and Allison had no idea what was going on. When that happens, you head to the cops.

As it happened, the cops already had a file on [Roper]. Despite being only 21 years old, Roper had already racked up a string of criminal offenses ranging from unauthorized use of a vehicle, to possession of stolen property, to “illegal diversion of lab equipment by overseer.” He had been released from prison only a few months before meeting Allison.

Attempts were then made to get the saboteurs out of the shadows and into the light – with no avail. Finally, when Roper landed at JFK, the police were on his tail. They were able to nab the jerk outside of his hotel and brought him in for questioning.

Roper was soon released on bail. About a month or so later, the cops picked him up again. Back in custody, Roper played the role of an entitled, neurotic, Jewish teenager. “I can’t believe you’re arresting me on Yontiff,” he told the officers. “I was off my medication.”

You just want to smack the kid now, don’t you? Yeah, me too. But enough of the run-around. Turns out this Roper character has quite the past of deceit and stealing.

In mid January, Roper’s lawyer submitted a sentencing memorandum on his client’s behalf. Over the course of several pages, the lawyer reported on the findings of the court-appointed doctor—noting, along the way, that Roper suffers from bipolar and borderline personality disorders as a result of being “shunned, beaten, and sexually abused” as a child. “He lives in a fantasy world and has dramatic mood swings including suicidal ideation,” wrote the lawyer. “His crimes are just another way he has learned to use to hurt himself.”

Offsetting those problems, the lawyer argued, is the fact that Roper is highly intelligent, and “clever in the extreme.”

“In [the doctor’s] opinion, hospitalization is not now needed, but intense therapy and medication is,” concluded the lawyer. “The defendant is likely, it is reported, to improve with therapy, licit drugs, and maturity.”

Read the full-text here for all the information you’d ever want. This is just another reminder, I suppose, of how we just can’t trust those store clerks and the information they provide.