10 Criminals Who Got Caught Due to Their Hilarious Stupidity

by Unbelievable Facts7 years ago
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English writer G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” But not all criminals can reach the threshold of being a creative artist. This has been proved by the dumb ways in which many criminals have been caught in the past. They have often failed so miserably that it borders on being hilarious. Here are ten such criminals who got caught due to their hilarious stupidity.

1 In 2013, two men tried to rob a restaurant but were told by the owner to come back after an hour. When the men returned back after an hour, they were arrested.

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In August 2013, on a late Sunday night, two men, Mario Garcia, 39, and Domingo Garcia-Hernandez, 28, entered a West Rogers Park restaurant and demanded food. The owner told them that he was too busy. Upon hearing that, Garcia Hernandez said, “I will kill you. I have a gun with me.” Garcia-Hernandez, who is 4-foot-8-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, then displayed a gun from under his jersey that was partially concealed in a red t-shirt. Concerned for the safety of his patrons, the owner asked them to come back in an hour. The duo left soon after.

After they left the premises, the owner called the police. Surprisingly, both the men returned after an hour with a baseball bat. Police arrested them on the spot and charged them with one count of attempted, aggravated robbery. Later, the police found the “firearm’’ which turned out to be a black toy water pistol. It was wrapped in a red t-shirt and hidden in the back yard of the suspects’ home.(source)


2 A Chinese thief snatched a woman’s phone and ran into the nearby building to escape. The building turned out to be a police station.

Criminal Chang
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A thief in China got caught when he ran into the police station after committing the crime. The incident took place in the city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province. The suspect, surnamed Chang, had only arrived in Shenzhen recently and was not familiar with the neighborhood, but this didn’t deter him from snatching a woman’s phone. After grabbing her phone, he ran through the traffic and straight into a building which was actually a police station. The brave woman chased after the thief, stumbled, but managed to get up and continued chasing him. Upon reaching the police station, she shouted for help. A police officer promptly arrested the man on the spot.(1,2)


3 Two American robbers attempted robbery after disguising their faces with permanent marker. they got caught when police stopped their vehicle and their faces matched the description.

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In October 2009, Iowa police received a call on a Friday night that two men with hooded sweatshirts and painted faces had tried to break into a man’s home in Carroll, Iowa. Police responded to the call and a few blocks away stopped a vehicle matching the caller’s description. When police looked at the two persons, they were stunned by their disguise. The two men, Matthew Allan McNelly, 23, and Joey Lee Miller, 20, had streaked their faces with a permanent, black marker. Their strange disguise made it easier for the police to recognize them. Both men were charged with attempted burglary, and McNelly was charged additionally with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.(1,2)


4 A guy with a mask tries to rob a Radio Shack he works at with a stun gun and pepper spray. He ends up tasing himself, returns later to work his shift, and gets arrested.

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In 2014, a man decided to rob the Radio Shack at Sunset Point Road in Florida where he worked. Wearing a blue ski mask, the man, Andre T. Puskas, entered the store at 9:30 a.m. He had pepper spray and a stun gun along with him. Inside the store, an employee dropped to the floor but tried to move. Andre saw her and pepper-sprayed her. As the woman ran, Puskas then tried using a Taser on her but ended up tasing his own hand. Soon he ran out of the store and tossed the mask in a dumpster.

Andre returned back to the same Radio Shack at 4 p.m. for his regular shift and was arrested. He later admitted to the police that he had tried to rob the store.(source)


5 A thief got caught when he dialed 911 after the truck he had stolen ran out of gas.

1985 Chevrolet truck thief
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In 2009, a 19-year-old Tacoma man stole a 1985 Chevrolet truck from the storage yard of City Transfer, Inc. This incident was witnessed by an employee of the company who reported it to police. Later that day at about 12.30 p.m., another employee of the same company spotted the stolen truck on Highway 167 and called 911 to report that someone was in the truck. A few minutes later, police received a call from the Tacoma man who reported that his truck had run out of gas and is now stranded on Highway 167.

When police reached the spot, the Tacoma man was wearing a City Transfer green reflective jacket and tried to claim he worked for the company. But the City Transfer employee who initially saw the man take the truck came to the scene and identified the driver as the same man he saw earlier in the day at the storage yard. Washington State Patrol troopers arrested him on the spot. State Patrol troopers and City Transfer employees discovered the truck stalled because the Tacoma man had filled the tank with unleaded gas when the truck required diesel.(source)

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