Criminals often are very dangerous individuals. Some even possess high enough IQs with which they attempt to commit the perfect crime. Then there are those criminals whose stupidity leaves you wondering “How in the world have they survived this long”? The following 11 criminals will leave you amazed at how dumb some people can be. Written by Theodoros II
ROBBERY SUSPECT LEAVES WALLET AND ID BEHIND AT CRIME SCENE
An eighteen-year-old teen named Steven Diaz from Pasadena, California, wanted to have drinks with friends and so for that reason passed by Vons supermarket to shoplift a bottle of wine. As the teen tried to get away from the shop he punched a security guard, and in doing so dropped his wallet, ID, and the wine. Of course, he was easily tracked down by the police and arrested shortly after his stupid action.
FORGOTTEN COUNTERFEIT BILLS
A con artist specializing in producing counterfeit money and all kinds of false documents was really unhappy with the new printer he bought from a Target in Augusta, Georgia, and decided to take it back and ask for a different one. His demand was satisfied but unfortunately the clerk noticed some “work” the customer forgot to remove from the old printer—a few counterfeit bills that, of course, cost him his freedom.
THIEVES LEAVING THEIR BUMPER BEHIND WITH THE LICENSE PLATE ATTACHED
Three would-be British thieves tried way too hard to wrap chains around an ATM machine that held £20,000 ($31,000), and with the help of a car they tried to carry the whole thing away. Unfortunately for them, the chains didn’t hold and were left behind with the car’s rear bumper and license plate, leaving the thieves to drive off empty-handed and easily traced by the officers who arrested them shortly after.
GRAFFITI SUSPECT TAGGED COURTROOM
A teen accused of multiple counts of doing graffiti in San Diego was arrested for vandalism after he allegedly tagged the inside of the courthouse of the San Diego Superior Court, leaving behind a tag that led investigators right to his location. The teen, who pled not guilty, had even left his mark in the very courtroom in which he was being prosecuted. What can you say? The boy’s an artist and the world is his canvas.
THIEF FORGETS HIS DENTURES
One day Justin Stansfield, a British heroin addict and thief, broke into a garage to steal anything he could find of value so he could sell it and buy his next fix. While in the garage he found a freezer full of cold beers and Popsicles so he decided to have some fun. Justin took out his fake teeth to enjoy a couple of Popsicles after he downed a few beers but before he left he forgot to put his teeth back in. This would later cost him sixteen months behind bars.
HIS KINDNESS BETRAYED HIM
Graham Price of south Wales was a hard-working and honest employee who couldn’t hide how grateful he was to his bosses, even when he decided to rip off the bank where he worked. So, before he stole the money he needed, he made sure to leave a note with his signature, explaining: “Borrowed, seven million pounds. Thank you”
BAD PARENTING WAS THE CASE
This is one of those cases where you aren’t sure how to properly respond to what you read—whether you should laugh about the criminal’s stupidity or feel sad for his young son. Apparently, this idiotic thief decided to take his son along when he robbed a pet shop, but he was so busy counting the money that he totally forgot about his son whom he left behind. All police officers had to do after that was ask the child for the name of his idiotic father.
THE "FLIRTY" SHOPLIFTER
Scottish shoplifter Aaron Morrison might be one of the silliest thieves in history and trust us when we say that this is not an overstatement. After Morrison stole a bottle of vodka from a liquor store he had the nerve to flirt with the shop clerk, to whom he gave his name and number. Well, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to trace his whereabouts after that.
BULGAR GETS CAUGHT BECAUSE OF HIS THIRST
A thief in Portland, Oregon, broke into a house, went through every inch of the property, opened all the drawers, and stole everything of value he could find without leaving any fingerprints. However, what appeared to be almost the perfect robbery was ruined when the thief grabbed a container of orange juice from the refrigerator and took a gulp directly from it, leaving it in the sink. The container was sent straight to the DNA testing unit at the Oregon State Crime Lab in Clackamas where forensic scientists found a match. Christopher Lathrop quickly confessed after he was arrested and will probably never drink orange juice again.
WRITING A BOOK BASED ON THE CRIME YOU COMMITTED IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD IDEA
Polish author Krystian Bala became a victim of his own arrogance and delusion that he was above the law. After brutally murdering Dariusz Janiszewski in 2000 and getting away with it he decided to write a novel named Amok that included a ridiculously similar murder to the one he was involved in three years before. The case was reopened and after a detailed investigation he surrendered and confessed.
IDIOT POSTS ON FACEBOOK HIS ILLEGAL ACT
In 2012 a young boy from Jenkins, Kentucky, named Michael Baker was probably bored so he decided to get his small town in the national headlines. What did he do, you ask? After he siphoned gas from a local police car, he posed next to it with a smile (while also proudly giving the finger) for the camera and then posted the photo on Facebook. The photo went viral, with thousands of views, but a couple of days later the police were knocking on the door of his home where they arrested him for his blatant idiocy.