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sometimes the cops get luckyDougSloan
Jan 31, 2003 3:35 PM
Heard this at lunch today.

A police department was called about someone finding a dead body in their yard. When the police arrived, they found no body, but found a meth lab in the garage of the house. They also found 2 men so high on meth that they had hallucinated about seeing a body in the yard, and called the cops to report it. They were arrested.

Those cops had to be laughing their butts off.

If criminals weren't so stupid. . .Sintesi
Feb 1, 2003 5:49 AM
the cops would never catch 'em. All hail stupid criminals.
And if they'd work as hard at a regular job...Spoke Wrench
Feb 1, 2003 7:19 AM
as they sometimes do at crime, their bosses would love them. I know of a case in which a group of juveniles stole 25 cases of orange drink, hand carried it 12 blocks and tried to sell it to a local merchant.
Stupid Criminals....asphalt assault
Feb 1, 2003 7:38 AM
A while back I read of a case where there was a home burglery and the cops followed tracks IN THE SNOW to a house three doors down where they found the theif watching the TV he had stolen!

Some crooks are so dumb that they think everyone else is too.
Stupid Criminals....Pygme
Feb 1, 2003 11:01 AM
Here is a dumb crook story for you.

I am a police officer in Houston. I was in the storefront office when a less-than-model-citizen walked in. He looked me in the eye, dropped a bag of cocaine on the desk in front of me and stated, "Officer, I just bought this cocaine from a guy down the street and I want you to arrest the guy that sold it to me."


Guess where he went?
"criminal genius" is pretty much an oxymoron, I think...cory
Feb 1, 2003 12:49 PM
Maybe only the dumb ones get caught, but I've interviewed a lot of criminals for news stories, and in general they tend not to be very good at foreseeing consequences, at best. It's amazing how often some guy will be driving through town with a sack of cocaine in the car and get stopped for running a red light or flipping a cop the bird. We had a guy a few years ago who was dressed like every punk biker drug dealer you ever saw, from the mullet haircut and sleeveless shirt to the engineer boots, with a trunk full of weed--and he got caught because he shoved a cop waiting in line for a Big Gulp at the 7-Eleven.
I asked him why, since he had dope in the car, he thought it might be a good idea to push a police officer.
Answer: "He was looking at me."
Stupid Druggies....asphalt assault
Feb 3, 2003 5:39 AM
...I live in the Chicago area and every now and then you hear of a State Trooper stopping a car for going 80mph on the expressway. The cop walks up to the car and smells marijuana, searchs the car and finds 100 pounds of the stuff in the trunk.

You'd think the dummy would try to "blend in" when carrying a payload like that and maybe even wait til he got to his destination to smoke a joint...DUH!
Feb 3, 2003 6:46 AM
I went to a criminal law seminar in Missouri. One of the speakers was a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. Missouri has some major drug traffic routes, I-70, 35, 44, and 55.

He said that he was constantly amazed at the people he would stop for normal traffic violations, who would voluntarily consent to searches of their vehicles, only to turn up 5 pounds of cocaine or something like that. It's amazing they would screw up in the first place, but why consent to a search if you KNOW you are carrying? Idiots.

Of course, if you are intelligent enough to avoid being caught, you are too afraid of being caught to even try it.

so what are a person's rights in this situation?ColnagoFE
Feb 4, 2003 10:02 AM
Does it vary state to state? And if a person refuses a search can they hold them until a warrant is served or do they have to let them go? I imagine most of the consent is because the criminals don't know their rights.
not muchDougSloan
Feb 4, 2003 2:11 PM
The alternative is to say no, and risk that the trooper will arrest you, have the car towed, and get a search warrant. He may or may not. The point is, if you consent, and these people sign written consents, you are certainly caught. Why not take the chance that he won't go to the trouble. Even the troopers told us that about half the time they probably wouldn't do it, as their probably cause might be questionable, they are tired and ready to go home -- all sorts of reasons.

Yup, it happens.Spoke Wrench
Feb 5, 2003 10:14 AM
When I lived in Indiana, I had a friend who was stopped for speeding. He had never bothered to get an Indiana driver's license and his Ohio driver's license had expired. This would normally be a go to jail and impound your car till you post bond offense.

As it happens, however, it was close to quitting time on the cop's wedding anaversary. Since the cop didn't want to take the additional two hours or so that impounding the car and jailing my friend would have required, the friend got a free pass. Didn't even get the speeding ticket.

The same friend has quite a repertoir of traffic cop war stories, most of which don't end so satisfactorily. They generally start with him waking up in an unusual place. He doesn't drink anymore so now he never has any new stories to tell.
Stupid Druggies....Spoke Wrench
Feb 3, 2003 3:52 PM
The Illinois Highway Patrol used to post signs on I-55 near St. Louis that said "Drug Enforcement Inspection Ahead" Then they'd calmly wait at the top of the next off ramp and search the cars that exited.
Here's my vote for stupiest criminalempacher6seat
Feb 1, 2003 7:41 PM
A man was beating his dog with the butt end of his rifle. He accidentally shot and killed himself.
Another candidatemickey-mac
Feb 2, 2003 9:32 AM
Sahuaro is a cactus that is protected by state law in Arizona. In addition to growing to tremendous heights, it is full of water and very heavy. It looks a bit like the cactus that was always in Roadrunner cartoons. Anyhow, some knucklehead decided to use a 20 footer for target practice with his shotgun. Apparently he kept at it for a while because he eventually took out enough of it that it fell over. Unfortunately for knucklehead, it fell right on top of him, killing him immediately.