The criminal mind. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes… not so much. For every thief that is never caught, well, you have 6.735 billion (I may have rounded that number) that do. While most criminals eventually are apprehended, there are a few who deserve to be credited for ingenuity.
Take for example, Todd Herburg and Scott Luker from Salt Lake City, who sucked the quarters of the change machines in a car wash, with a shop-vac. Not bad right? They rigged an inverter from their Jeep to power the shop-vac with household current. Too bad a cop caught them in the act.
Then there’s the bike thief in NewYork City. He saw a bike he wanted and came with a tool bag to assist in his crime. Now the bike was chained to a street sign, and apparently it was a chain that could not be easily cut. The nearly table from the outdoor section of a restaurant was an easier target. He cut the chain from the table, moved it closer to the street sign, stood on top of it, and unscrewed the street sign. He then lifted the bike over the top of the street sign post and rode away. While he is still at large, the restaurant handed the security video showing him in living color, over to the police. Again, you have to applaud the method.
Unfortunately not all crooks are blessed with even a small case of the smarts. Like the guy in Colorado who was holding a gun on a corner store clerk, demanding cash. As the clerk was complying, the robber decided he just had to have a bottle of scotch on the shelf behind the clerk. The clerk refused to give it to him, saying he wasn’t sure if he was of legal age to drink. The robber, yeah you guessed it, pulled out his driver’s license to prove he was old enough. The clerk looked at it, said yep, you sure are old enough, and gave him the scotch. The dumbass criminal left, the clerk called the cops, and gave them the idiot’s name and address.
So if you are considering a life of crime, take a long hard look at yourself first. Do you think you have the smarts to get away with even the simplest unlawful act? And do you think you can actually become invisible to all the security cameras which are EVERYWHERE?
My guess is probably not. So just don’t.
Consider this a public service announcement.