Obviously, there are no lessons in committing crime – however, one would asssume a few things are obvious. Namely, don’t live stream yourself committing the crime.
Oh, and just don’t commit crime too. Obviously.
Here are eight idiots who basically got themselves arrested through their own idiocy.
1. The YouTube bank robber
Back in 2012, Nebraska resident Hannah Sabata recorded and posted a YouTube video in which she holds up a sign saying “I stole from a car” and then holds up a bag of marijuana. Sabata’s next sign says, “Then I stole a car!” as she mimes “oops”.
She was arrested…. oops!
2.”Daaaaaang Daniel, back at it with the white vans”
3. “I’ve seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I’ve ever seen”
In January 2011, Rodney Knight Jr. broke into the home of journalist Marc Fisher, stealing a coat, cash, and a laptop belonging to Fisher’s son. Knight then logged into the Facebook account of Fisher’s son, posting a photo of himself showing off the pilfered cash while wearing the stolen coat– which Fisher’s Facebook friends noticed and reported.
It didn’t take long for police to track down Knight and arrest him. Kyle Roe, the DC police officer working the case, said, “I’ve seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I’ve ever seen.”
Sounds about right…
4. This guy’s just asking for trouble!
5. And another one…
6. This one’s just an idiot…
Whitney Beall, 23, got drunk and decided it would be a good idea to drive home. Not only that, she decided to live stream the whole thing on Periscope.
“I really hope I don’t get a DUI,” she says seconds before she hits a sign.
“I’m really drunk, and I’m drunk on I-4,” she says, even though she was not on Interstate 4.
A caller told 911 she was driving in north Lakeland and couldn’t provide an exact location but said he was watching the video on the live stream. The police later released the dashcam footage of her sobriety test (at the end of the video embedded above.)
7. That didn’t take long…
8. “the 1 who got away.” (And then got caught)
James Tindell clearly, a convicted robber, got fed up with attending drug treatment, making his monthly court appearances and checking in regularly with his probation officer – conditions he’d accepted to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.
So he began posting nasty messages to the Multnomah County judge who sentenced him and writing taunts to his probation officer, all on his public Facebook profile.
“Fresh out of another state,” he wrote April 20th 2012, “Catch me if you can.”
Seven days later, he signed an expletive-filled rant about the criminal justice system: “the 1 who got away.”
His probation officer was paying attention to the social network and compiled all Tindell’s posts.
“The way we found out where James Tindell was, was through Facebook,” deputy district attorney Michael Schmidt said. “And, it’s not because we were super sleuths.”
Tindell apparently didn’t realize who might be reading his Facebook page, with such posts as, “I’m in Alabama.”