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Finally, some details about the bizarro case of Jose Tabata's wife, 43-year-old Amalia Tabata Pereira (shown above), kidnapping a 2-month-old kid are starting to trickle out. Chuck Finder had a great article in the PG about the case today, uncovering numerous facts, such as:

--The couple being wed in January 2008 at a check-cashing and tax outlet called Amscot.
--Her bail is set at $750,000.
--Tabata is not a suspect.
--Tabata's wife "spent two years and nine months in a Florida state prison stemming from a 1999 incident in which she was accused of stealing $20,000 from a Paycheck Advance where she worked in the Temple Terrace neighborhood north of Tampa, then staging a fire at the business to conceal the theft."
--"She had so many aliases, it's kind of tough to check," said Plant City sheriffs department spokesman Dave Bristow.

Lots of sites have predictably had fun with this (personally, I recommend Sports Pickle's "Tabata Timeline"), and some have joked that this was an elaborate stunt to get the Pirates back in the national news. But in all seriousness, let's recap the top "national" Pirate stories of 2009: we've got Rinku and Dinesh, the quest for a record 17th consecutive losing season, and now this. Oh well. It's still not as bad as A-Rod's offseason.

Police trying to decipher curious case of Tabata's wife [Chuck Finder/PG]

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Wedgebuster said...

a comment unrelated to the story....

is it possible to set links to open in a separate tab? this is one of the few sites that completely redirects you away for a link.

just a thought.

SantoGold said...

Wow, even Kris Benson thinks Jose Tabata's wife is a loose cannon.

SantoGold said...

Wow, even Kris Benson thinks Jose Tabata's wife is a loose cannon.

Thejim said...

This is THE feel good story of 2009 so far.