These 8 criminals were arrested because of their unbelievable stupidity
What can be more hilarious than criminals having done dumb things which led to their arrest? Here’s what happened to some of the world’s not so brilliant minds who decided to pursue a law-breaking career.
1 The robber who tried to rob a bank a minute too late
This robber, named Christopher Allen Koch, sat inside his car parked at the Citizen & Northern Bank’s parking lot in New York upon arriving at 11:40 a.m. According to the police, this 28-year-old criminal, who carried a gun and wore ski mask and gloves, stayed put for 20 minutes before he tried to enter the bank at 12:01 p.m. Unfortunately, he was a minute late. The bank employees inside got his vehicle’s license plate number and reported it to the cops. This led to his arrest in Liberty, Pennsylvania. He was criminally charged with attempted robbery and possession of instruments of crime.
2 Gas station robbers got lost; asked for directions
A gas station in Vancouver was robbed in September, 1981. The two robbers, said to be from Edmonton, Canada, fled after tying down the station attendant. Everything was going well according to plan, but the robbers got lost on the run and decided to ask for directions at a gas station. To their dismay, they got arrested for doing so, because they failed to notice that it was the same gas station that they had robbed. The attendant had the chance to have them arrested by the police.
3 Burglar dozed off while robbing a house
This incident serves as a warning to burglars that a combination of Valium and vodka is absolutely a bad idea. In 2007, Mark Smith slumbered deeply while robbing a house located in Whitley Bay. Smith must’ve forgotten the golden rule for robbers – get in quick, get out even quicker. The police awoke and surprised him with an 18-month stretch in prison.
4 Dubbed as “dumb and dumber,” these two robbers wore “the worst disguise ever”
Matthew Allan McNelly and Joey Lee Miller fit the nickname “dumb and dumber” as their disguise was also described by some commentators as “the worst disguise ever.” The two, who were under the influence of alcohol, tried to break in into an apartment in Iowa with their faces covered with fake beards and masks. The weird part was using permanent marker pens to scrawl over their faces. When the cops arrested these robbers, they immediately knew they got the right men, and most probably, also had a good laugh.
5 Robber forgot to log out of Facebook at his victim’s house
Many people can’t resist the urge to access social media sites wherever they are, and criminals are no exception. But to check on your Facebook while committing a robbery at your victim’s house is already a dumb idea, much more forgetting to log out. This was Nick Wigg’s biggest mistake, as he was caught when his victim, James Wood, recognized him on Facebook wearing the clothes he stole from him.
6 Robber to the cashier: “Call me maybe.”
In 2008, a robber named Ruben Zarate allegedly waved around his gun in a muffler shop in Chicago. Zarate demanded money, but the money was in a safe, and the manager who was solely authorized to open it was out at that time. Zarate came up with a not so brilliant idea of giving his number to the cashier for them to be able to inform him when the manager arrives. But the employees are smart enough to call the police and conspired with them, afterwards they called Zarate who returned and engaged himself in a shootout with the cops. He must’ve realized it was a bad idea after all, as it led to his arrest.
7 Solo young robber against 300 cops
A 19-year-old criminal armed with a pistol robbed a former police chief named John Comparetto in Pennsylvania. The young robber took the chief’s mobile phones and money, unaware that a seminar was being held in the vicinity, and that it was being attended by 300 policemen. The former chief was able to ask for help which resulted in a tough chase. The police apprehended the robber before he could escape. The robber, probably realizing he had no chance to flee, stated, “I’m harmless.”
8 Free beer promo for criminals turned out to be a pair of handcuffs
Derbyshire police came up with a plan in 2011, on how to arrest wanted criminals. Undercover cops sent notices to few criminals which stated that each of them had won a crate of beer. They were told that they have to contact the company which ran the promotion to claim their winnings. The offer was tempting enough that some criminals called the assigned number to arrange a meetup to take their winnings. It was too late for them to realize that the crate of beer was actually a pair of handcuffs.