Not every lawbreaker is a mastermind. Some criminals are just messy, disorganized and downright bad at what they do.
From taking selfies of their misdeeds to falling asleep at the scene of the crime, here are the seven of dumbest criminals from 2017:
1. Sleepy Robber
Crime made one suspected robber very sleepy. In Minnesota, a 7-year-old found a man sleeping in the family's minivan. When police woke the man, they found that he had allegedly taken credit cards and other items from his neighbor. The arrest was a no-brainer, and he was charged with breaking and entering, trespassing and larceny, according to CBS News.
2. Too Hot For TV
All publicity isn't good publicity. A 23-year-old assaulted a local New York City reporter while he was on live television. The assailant, who called himself an aspiring rapper, then bragged on social media that it was a publicity stunt to further his career, according to the New York Daily News.
“I saw an opportunity and took the opportunity to promote my video and [mix] tape,” he said.
3. Man Falls On Police
In an incident that seems straight out of a comedy movie, a 29-year-old man in Scranton, Pennsylvania was hiding in a crawl space while fleeing from officers. He ended up falling through the ceiling and straight into police custody. To make matters worse, since he tumbled within a few feet of kids in the house, police added a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, according to The Times-Tribune.
4. Resume Wanted
A 26-year-old tried to rob a store in Birmingham, United Kingdom because he didn't get a job there. Unfortunately, he removed his mask and hood before he left the store, and since he'd previously given his resume to the boss, he was pretty easy to identify. With all of this evidence, authorities quickly tracked him down, according to The New York Post.
5. Hot Dog Harm
[Photo: Cook Country Sheriff's Office, YouTube]
In Chicago, a 19-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the groin while reportedly robbing a hot dog stand. As he put his .38-caliber pistol in his pants, the gun went off in his leg and groin area, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The robber ended up calling 911 for help while the hot dog employees simultaneously reported him.
6. Wrong Bar
Two men picked the wrong Baltimore bar to rob in August. The masked men tried to hold up Monaghan’s Pub, which was across the street from a police station. At the time of the robbery, the bar was also hosting a retirement party for a police sergeant, according to FOX29. Officers in attendance chased down the suspects and apprehended them.
7. Twitter Troll
A 25-year-old man in the United Kingdom dodged paying for train fares for a year, according to British publication The Sun. He was so proud of his accomplishment that he often posted tweets (which sometimes included selfies) bragging about his crimes. He even started tagging the train company. He taunted them, "Catch me if you can." Well, they did, and he was allegedly fined more than £1,250.
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