There’s no doubt that criminal history can demonstrate some of the most audacious and daring crimes. Some well-thought-out schemes have left authorities and police officers around the world shaking their heads.
Many criminals have seemed to literally disappear off the face of the earth while sought by law enforcement agencies. Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin provide a notorious example; they successfully escaped from Alcatraz on June 11, 1962.
Then again, there are some criminals who leave us shaking our heads; not for the same reason, though. The following list of the 25 Dumbest Criminals and How They Got Caught will give you a taste of these notorious fails.
Showing Off on Facebook
An armed robber named Andrew Hennells was caught after he boasted on Facebook about his plans to raid a supermarket. In a post, which included a selfie and a picture of a knife, Hennells proudly claimed, “Doing. Tesco. Over.”
Police caught him 15 minutes later with the knife and £410 in cash stolen from a Tesco in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.
Dude Posts Whereabouts on Snapchat
If you think criminals prefer Facebook, though, you’re sadly mistaken. A burglar from Maine named Christopher Wallace is a big fan of Snapchat, so big that he decided to reveal his hiding spot there.
After he stole a propane cook stove and a castiron wood stove from a camp in Pierce Pond Township, Wallace posted on Snapchat that he was back in his home in Fairfield. After tipsters relayed the info to police, authorities showed up for the fugitive.
Orange Juice Got Him Caught
A nameless thief in Portland, Oregon, executed the perfect robbery in 2013 … or almost perfect. After going through every inch of the house he had broken into, opening all the drawers, and stealing everything of value he could find without leaving any fingerprints, he got thirsty.
He grabbed a container of orange juice he found in the refrigerator and took a gulp directly from it, leaving it in the sink. The container was sent straight to the DNA testing unit at the Oregon State Crime Lab where forensic scientists found a match and the thief got caught.
An Innocent Game on Father's Day
A ten-year-old boy was playing with his father’s old handcuffs on Father’s Day. He cuffed himself to his daddy, William Kline Jr., but the key was lost during the game.
William called the local police in Des Moines, Iowa, to help him get the cuffs off. As per routine, police ran Kline through their database and found two arrest warrants outstanding. Shortly after, they re-cuffed Kline … but it was for real this time.
Flirting with His "Victim"
Scottish shoplifter Aaron Morrison might be one of the most stupid thieves in history. After stealing a bottle of vodka from a liquor store, he stayed there in order to flirt with the shop clerk.
He even gave her his name and number. After that, it wasn’t difficult to trace his whereabouts.