this is not the tattoo described in the story
Reggie Cundiff has to be one of the dumbest criminals that ever lived. He went to all the trouble of putting on a face mask during a terrifying burglary in broad daylight where a victim was present at the house. But as Cundiff was leaving the home, he removed the mask. The victim caught sight of a distinctive face tattoo, which linked Cundiff to the burglary and then a latent fingerprint slammed the cell door shut.
Click here for the criminal complaint.
"WHERE'S THE CASE?!" one of the burglars demanded of the victim. They were looking for the safe. The safe with the money. The burglars, two black males, had a handgun which was pointed around liberally. One of the burglars had a crowbar. The victim in the house was a juvenile male. The juvenile was sleeping in a bedroom when the burglars entered the house...
An accomplice with a truck pulled up and various items were removed from the house. Clothing, jewelry, a computer, a television. It must have been hot, tiring work moving all that stuff. Reggie's face must have been hot, allegedly. Right as he was leaving, he took off the face mask. That's when the victim saw the face tattoo, which he described as a "sort of symbol." Two horizontal lines with vertical lines passing through, and "squiggly" items next to it.
A latent fingerprint was found near the point of entry. One fingerprint. Once again, Reggie was smart enough to wear his burglary gear (gloves, in this case) but then he must have removed them, just for a moment.
Imagine how proud Reggie must have been of that tattoo on his left face cheek. He must have thought it made him look like a badass, a real gangster.
What an irony that tattoo did him in.
Oh, and speaking of irony...
The photo above shows a soldier who was deploying to Afghanistan through Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The tattoo on his knee is the chemical symbol for iron.
The burglary took place in South Minneapolis on the 3600 block of 39th Ave. S. But Cundiff is a resident of North Minneapolis. He is currently in jail with bail set at $50,000. The criminal complaint lists him as a resident of 1818 Upton Ave. N., a homesteaded property owned by a guy who has no criminal record, only a single parking ticket that I can find.
On the jail roster, the property is described (apparently by Cundiff) as "Grandma's House."