Sometimes you get criminal masterminds who are able to carry out intrepid jewelry heists, or make off with millions of dollars in cash, all to outwit the police and stay on the run, forever getting away with the perfect crime.
Then, you get these guys.
No Cutting In Line
Two police officers were genuinely taken aback when a man cut in front of them to demand the money from the till at a local coffee shop. After a moment of realization, the officers (in full uniform) arrested the offender and probably had some blunt questions about his eyesight capabilities!
It's All French To Me
When a distraught woman called the police after her jewelry went missing, she was in tears over the missing heirlooms, broken window and totaled home. Officer Meharu at the scene did his best to calm her down, and when her father called he could tell she was more relaxed. Too relaxed, perhaps. She began speaking in French to her father about the elaborate scam that she almost got away with. Officer Meharu was fluent in six languages, and yes, French was one of them.
Return to Sender
In Germany, a bank thief was so impressed with himself that he couldn't help but taunt the police that were trying desperately to track him down. Sending email after email, he corrected details of the crime, giving vague hints at his real identity, and was laughing at them...right up until they traced his email address and threw him in jail!
Many criminals are caught because they made some small error along the way, but for these hoodlums, it was obviously down to their own (shall we say?) intellectual capabilities!
A Grim Tale
When Stephen Crane broke into a Montana news station, he decided to cover up his tracks using a fire extinguisher. A clever move, but not what he did next. Taking some candy from the office, he walked to his nearby home, leaving a wonderful trail of M&Ms for police to follow and track him and his sweet tooth down!
"Give Him A Cell, Boys!"
You're never too young to begin a life of crime, and a 12-year-old from Florida wanted to be the next Baby-Face when he stole two cell phones. When police questioned him, he had them convinced of his alibi, until one started going off. Thinking quickly, he admitted to the one theft, but that he was for sure innocent of the other! Then that one went off too.
Have A Heart?
Having reached a ripe old age, James Washington of Nashville, TN felt pretty sure of his escape from the law. When he felt a major heart-attack coming on, he let loose on the details of a murder he committed 17 years prior, knowing his last act would absolve him of any wrong doing... Only it wasn't his last act. He survived and was given life in prison, for however long it took!