Bank Robbers Use Jersey Numbers As Code Now

Pennsylvania residents Trammel Bledsoe and Phillip Sainsbury are not exactly model citizens.  In fact, they’re bank robbers (though they aren’t related to Deidra Lane) who are currently in prison after getting busted by the cops.  They also happen to be sports fans, and have found a fun new way to use sports knowledge to help commit crimes.

Reggie Bush

While Bledsoe is in prison he knows his telephone calls are being recorded.  So when he called his friend Joshua Burton to give him instructions on where to find the gun he ditched and the $3,500 he stole from the bank, he had to come up with some kind of code to let Burton know where to find the loot.  So he used athletes and their jersey numbers to give locations.


In one of their conversations, Bledsoe told Burton to “look for the Reggie Bush” — a reference to a .25-caliber pistol recovered from a nearby car lot after the robbery. Bush wears No. 25 for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

He goes on to direct Burton to look for the gun in the vicinity of “Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing,” references to 31st and 33rd streets in Emmaus, where police pursued and caught Bledsoe after the bank robbery. Miller and Ewing are retired NBA stars; Miller wore No. 31 for the Indiana Pacers and Ewing wore No. 33 for the New York Knicks.

Gallagher said one of their conversations hit a snag when Burton tried telling Bledsoe how much money had been apportioned for him. Burton wanted Bledsoe to know he’d get $3,500 and relayed: “I got you a block down from Bettis” — a reference to Jerome Bettis, the retired Pittsburgh Steelers running back who wore No. 36.

Bledsoe responded that he couldn’t remember Bettis’ jersey number.

“It’s a block up from Barkley when he was with the Sixers,” Burton said. Charles Barkley wore No. 34 when he played basketball in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately for Bledsoe and Burton, the police watch sports too and didn’t have a very hard time cracking the code.  What I don’t get is why they named the athletes they did.  Considering the circumstances, wouldn’t players like Pacman Jones and Brandon Marshall have made more sense?

Both Bledsoe and Sainsbury will be sentenced in court on May 28th, and they each face a minimum of Magic Johnson years in prison.

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