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10 Criminals Who Didn’t Think

People say life is hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid. Here are ten cases where people didn’t quite think it through, and it created a mess for them. Well, for most of them. The others were already in trouble, but their lack of thought made the mess worse.

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ten Lukasz Chojnowski

Known as “Goldilocks Burglar”, Lukasz Chojnowski broke into a house while the owners were on vacation. Unlike most burglars, Chojnowski didn’t take all of their valuables. Instead, he cleaned their house. While it would be wonderful to go on a trip and come home to a clean house, the fact that Chojnowski was an uninvited guest made it a disturbing discovery upon their return.

Where Chojnowski made his biggest mistake was staying too long. He apparently made himself comfortable – or exhausted himself cleaning – because the owners found him asleep in their bed when they returned from their trip. Crime Tip #1: If you’re breaking into someone’s house, make sure you’re gone before they come back.

9 Jasper Staringa

Sometimes getting caught for your misdeeds is unavoidable, but some people ensure it will happen with the choices they make. When the police discovered the body of a young girl and opened an investigation, there was little they could do.

However, there was a lighter with (what police suspected was) murder DNA on it. After some time with no further leads, the police decided to ask everyone in the area of ​​the murder for a DNA sample. They told everyone that they were conducting an investigation and even what investigation it was.

The hope was that of the 6,600 samples they collected, one would have a similar DNA match, leading them to a relative who could help police solve the case. Imagine the surprise when one of the samples came back as an exact match. Jasper Staringa voluntarily gave a DNA sample that matched the DNA on the lighter.

8 Donald “Chip” Pugh

Some people like having their picture taken, others hate it. Regardless of their preferences, most people have seen photos of themselves that they don’t care about. Most people also know that there is a time to speak up and a time to shut up about the photos they don’t like. Donald “Chip” Pugh apparently missed that memo.

When police included a photo of Pugh with his arrest warrant, he sent them what he believed was a more flattering photo of himself. Most people would say that if you have a warrant out there, now is a good time to lay low. Pugh was apparently so unhappy with his picture that he forgot that contacting law enforcement was not in his best interests.

7 Ciriaco Balmaceda

There are important documents that you should take with you and others that you should leave at home. While there are some constants, where you live and what you do have a big influence on what documents you should or shouldn’t keep with you. Ciriaco Balmaceda has learned the hard way that sometimes it’s better not to have your identity card on you.

Balmaceda and some friends attempted to rob a house and soon realized they had picked the wrong target. Once the owner confronted them with a gun drawn, they quickly escaped, and all should have been fine after that. Unfortunately, Balmaceda had taken with him a bag containing a lot of information about himself. In his haste to leave the failed burglary, he left his bag where he was trying to rob. The owner gave everything to the police, including Balmaceda’s school ID he had left in the bag.

6 Ricardo Cardona

Tired people don’t make the best criminals. Learn from the weary people on this list and don’t commit any crimes while you’re sleepy. Or better yet, commit no crime. Ricardo Cardona missed this life lesson and forgot to think critically.

Police arrested Cardona after he broke into a store drunk and stole sausages. He then left the building and could have gotten away with the sausages, except that in his tired and drunken state, Cardona decided going back to the store for a nap was a good idea. He didn’t wake up in time to leave and was caught while still sleeping. Learn from Cardona’s mistake: if you walk out of your crime scene, don’t go back.

5 Trevor Jones

Everyone loves a little downtime, especially when they’re stressed or things don’t seem to be going well. Social media is a great way to relax without thinking or trying too hard, but it might be wise to think about the information we give the world when we use it.

Trevor Jones was robbing a house when the owner came home and took Jones’ wallet and keys from his car before calling the police. After escaping and finding a new house to break into, Jones took some time out.

Unfortunately for him, he chose to do so by logging into his Facebook account on the owner’s computer. And he didn’t log off before he left, nor did he take the computer with him. If you insist on entering a stranger’s house while they are away, it would be best not to leave any trace of who you are when you leave.

4 Paul Benson

Groceries seem to eat up a large chunk of an average budget, so it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to cut these costs, despite stealing not being the preferred method. Paul Benson pleaded guilty to stealing from a supermarket. After selecting the items he wanted to take away (without paying), Benson was seen by supermarket workers and decided to run away.

Paul made many bad choices during this adventure, like being photographed. The biggest mistake (other than committing a robbery in the first place) is one that Benson could have easily avoided had he taken the time to think for a moment. His surname was printed on the back of his Manchester United sports shirt. If you want to get away with a crime, it’s best not to wear a giant identifying badge.

3 Michael Boulanger

Idiot is arrested after posting photos of himself on Facebook stealing gasoline from a police car.

Here is another example of oversharing on social media. While we all love to celebrate our accomplishments and post online for our friends and family to see, we should think about what we’re sharing with the world. And the fact that more of the world than we might know could see what we post.

Michael Baker decided that siphoning gasoline from a police car was not only a good idea, but that he wanted to share it with the world. As he was siphoning off gas, his girlfriend snapped a photo of him posing near the car. Bragging rights are cool, but he went too far by posting the photo on Facebook. Now his friends, family, and local law enforcement could all see what kind of fun he had had. If you’re going to do something stupid, think about who you’re sharing it with, or the whole world might find out.

2 Craig Garnet

We all learn new life lessons regularly. Some of us have to learn things the hard way, and some are lucky enough to learn things a little easier. A few people just don’t seem to learn, even the hard way.

Craig Garnett served ten years in prison for multiple bank and store robberies. It doesn’t seem too out of place; theft is not uncommon. Garnett’s story is more interesting because he robbed a few more banks and was arrested again while on parole.

While serving ten years in prison for his actions, he neither gave up bank robbery nor figured out how to do it better. Instead, Garnett soon found himself in jail when he wrote a sloppy note that thwarted an attempted bank robbery.

1 Christopher Gifford

Owner of escaped Raleigh zebra cobra must return 75 snakes and pay $13,000 in restitution

Sometimes we are as wrong for the things we don’t do as for the things we do. For example, failing to appear as a juror is punishable by law. Of course, if you don’t show up, you haven’t done anything, but that’s the problem: you haven’t DONE anything. Christopher Gifford falls into this category of criminals; he would have had no problem if he had just thought about what to do.

Reports of a zebra cobra spotted near Gifford’s home eventually led police to investigate Gifford. They found dozens of snakes, including several poisonous ones. Owning these pets was not what caused Gifford problems. Instead, it was the fact that he didn’t follow the rules that applied to their possession.

Some of these rules included having proper enclosures and reporting escaped animals. Having weird hobbies is fine, but make sure you stay on the right side of the law by thinking about all aspects of the laws that apply, not just a small section.

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Rachel Jones