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PostPosted: 20-12-2013 08:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dim Canterbury burglar Scott Barham back behind bars after pawning stolen camera... using his prison ID
by Paul Hooper

Brainless burglar Scott Barham pawned a stolen camcorder... using his prison licence and a bail notice as ID.
The 25-year-old was traced after turning up at a shop in central Canterbury with the Sony device and is now starting a 34-month jail sentence.
Barham, of Becket Avenue, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court where he admitted handing the stolen camcorder and burgling another house.

Prosecutor Donna East said thieves had broken into a home in Harbledown in June, stealing jewellery and the camera.
She said the next day Barham had gone to Cash Resolve, in Canterbury Lane, and pawned the item using his licence from HMP Wayland and his bail notice for other offences as proof of ID.

After the raid, police trawled second-hand shops for the stolen items and found that Barham had been captured on the shop's CCTV.

In September and while on bail for that offence, the professional burglar then raided the flat of a Nigerian student in Kemsdale Court, Park Wood, Canterbury.
Ms East said Kayira Okeke had arrived in the city just a day before the break-in to begin her studies.
Barham smashed his way into the flat and stole her £1,150-laptop and bag. Forensic experts later found a fingerprint on a window which matched Barham, the court heard.

He claimed he had been a cocaine and heroin addict, but had successfully weaned himself off his addiction during the time he has now spent in custody awaiting sentence.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentish_gazette/news/scott-barham-10437/
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Arsonist sets himself on fire in failed Rochdale van attack
CCTV footage captures the moment an arson attack failed when a man set fire to himself as he set fire to a van in Rochdale
[GMP video]
4:40PM GMT 05 Feb 2014

The incident occurred at around 5am on Wednesday morning when a man set himself alight as he poured a flammable liquid onto a van on Ashworth Street in Falinge.
He was captured on CCTV desperately trying to put out the fire on his arm as he ran off.
The arsonist was then seen getting into a waiting car parked nearby, and was driven off by another man.

The resulting fire from the vehicle spread to a nearby family home, causing damage to the front door and windows of the property.
The occupants – who had no connection to the vehicle – were not harmed.

Police are now searching for the culprit and appealing for information from the public.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10620004/Arsonist-sets-himself-on-fire-in-failed-Rochdale-van-attack.html
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PostPosted: 21-02-2014 10:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bank thief drops money and falls over in police chase

A thief in the United States has been caught by police after dropping his stolen cash on the floors of the bank in Maryland.

Once the man had scrambled to pick up the bank notes, he escaped the bank but fell over and hit his head after being chased by police on foot because the tyres of his getaway car were flat.

He was charged with stealing $20,000 (£12,000).

CCTV footage at link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26284548
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PostPosted: 19-03-2014 21:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

19 March 2014 Last updated at 20:22

Bungling Rotherham burglar snared by selfie

A bungling thief who sent a picture of himself burgling a house to his victim's colleagues has been jailed.
Ashley Keast, 25, snapped the selfie on a stolen SIM card after breaking into the property in Rotherham last year.
The victim's colleagues reported the image to police who arrested Keast at his home the following day.

Keast, of Norfolk Court, Rotherham, was jailed for two years and eight months on Tuesday after he admitted burglary at Sheffield Crown Court.
Accomplice, Anthony Hunt, 27, of Garbroads Crescent, Rotherham, was jailed for 18 months after he also admitted the offence.

Keast and Hunt broke into the property in Fernleigh Drive, in Brinsworth, on 11 September while the occupants were on holiday.
The duo stole electrical items, jewellery and an Audi A4 worth a total of about £27,000.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said "Keast had stolen a SIM card from the property and, using another phone, took a selfie and posted it on the whatsapp messenger application,

"However, unknowingly, Keast also sent the picture to the victim's work colleagues, who became suspicious and contacted police."

When police arrested Keast at his home the following day, they found a stolen Rolex watch, worth £4,000, hidden behind a radiator.
Keast also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-26655940
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PostPosted: 20-03-2014 23:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 - glad you posted that news story. Gave me a laugh when it was on the local BBC news yesterday.
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PostPosted: 26-03-2014 23:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ex-Con Allegedly Robs Same Shoe Store He Stole From 15 Years Ago

Police say a man who just completed a 15-year prison term for robbing a New Jersey shoe store went back there the day after his release and committed the same crime.

Toms River police say that on Saturday afternoon 40-year-old Christopher Miller went to the store he robbed in 1999. They say he demanded cash from two employees, eventually took a cash register containing $389 and fled on foot with the employees' cellphones.

Police soon tracked down Miller and found the employees' phones in a shopping center garbage can. They found the money in a downspout in the back of the building.

Miller, who formerly lived in Tulsa, Okla., is being held on $100,000 bail. Authorities didn't know if he has lawyer or if he would be represented by public defender.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/man-robs-same-shoe-store_n_5034105.html

Includes vid.

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PostPosted: 26-03-2014 23:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you think he enjoyed life in jail more than trying to make it on the outside.?
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PostPosted: 27-03-2014 00:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he had 15 years replaying what went wrong... and thought he knew how to get it right this time!

Also, I guess the mobile phones threw him Razz
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PostPosted: 27-03-2014 09:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Idiot Attempts to Break into Police Station to Retrieve Skateboard

A 20-year-old man was arrested after trying to break into the Troutdale Police Department to retrieve his skateboard, after the skateboard was retained by police following his arrest earlier in the day for shoplifting.

On Saturday morning, police said, Nathaniel Mirelez was picked up for shoplifting. That afternoon, police said they noticed the door handle at their main entrance was gone. They checked their video surveillance and saw a man try to break in around 2:15 p.m.

Eventually the suspect tore a door handle off (00:50) and then is seen leaving the parking lot while still holding the door handle. Police then identified Mirelez and arrested him Monday morning.

When he was arrested, police said he told them he wanted to get his skateboard back. He now faces multiple charges including second-degree attempted burglary

Footage released by Troutdale PD

Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4c2_1395774544#M36AYGyjSQIi44vL.99
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PostPosted: 27-03-2014 11:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't sound a full shillin' to me.
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Device exploded in bomber's face after he 'forgot about clocks changing'
Irish bomber blew himself up after device went off too soon 'because he forgot to put his watch forward'
1:41PM BST 02 Apr 2014

Irish police believe that a gangland bomber blew himself up after he forgot about the clocks changing for summer time while he was planting a bomb on Sunday.
The police are waiting to interview a man who, it is suspected, was severely injured after the bomb he was planting went off early.
The suspected bomber was seen fleeing the area in Dublin with "blood dripping down his face" after an explosive device planted under a Volvo SUV went off.

The police have suggested that the suspect accidently injured himself in the explosion because he forgot to set his watch forward on the morning of the attack.
"This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb. It wasn't garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong," a police source told the Mirror.

"It could be a case where he didn't put his watch forward on Sunday and the timer went off too soon. If anyone had been in the car or walking near it at the time then they would have been killed."

The attack is thought to be linked to criminal gangs.
Supt Dave Taylor said the consequences of the explosion could have been "very, very serious".
"It was a very extensive explosion and it was a very frightening experience for the people," he said.

"We are appealing for anyone who might have picked up a person in the New Street and Clanbrassil Street area shortly after 11pm who was quite obviously suffering to come forward.
"It is quite obvious that the car was the object of this attack."

The owner of the vehicle, a local businessman, has declined comment.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ireland/10739277/Device-exploded-in-bombers-face-after-he-forgot-about-clocks-changing.html

I suppose this would be possible if the electronic timer could automatically reset itself to Summertime, like computers do. I hope so, because it's such a lovely example of Poetic Justice! Twisted Evil
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eBay sale attempt led to penny farthing thief's arrest

A man who stole a penny farthing bicycle to ride home was only caught when he tried to sell it on eBay, a court was told.
Robert Bastin was arrested after police investigating the theft spotted the old-fashioned bike online and "bought" it, Exeter magistrates heard.

Bastin, 20, took it from a garden in Honiton last Christmas Day in order to cycle to his then home in Exeter.
He had been drinking and thought it a good idea to take the bike.

Defence lawyer Peter Woodley told Exeter Magistrates' Court: "He was trying to get home. He had had a Christmas Day drink with his brother and it looked like a good idea.
"He saw the back wheel sticking out of a bush, bizarrely not the larger front wheel.
"He pedalled it to Exeter. At that time of year, Christmas night, no one noticed. It was quite Dickensian. Stupidly he tried to sell it."

Jobless Bastin listed it on e-Bay two weeks later stating it was "not really my thing, prefer my unicycle".
Police saw the listing and successfully bid £75 for it - the penny farthing had cost owner Dale Trott £350.

Bastin accepted the bid and when the "buyer" collected it from his home he was arrested and the bike was returned to Mr Trott.
The defendant, now of Honiton, Devon, admitted stealing the bike which he did while on bail for other offences.

He also admitted aggravated vehicle taking on 6 December where he was in trouble for taking a motor bike along the same road and going through a red light.

Magistrates sentenced Bastin to an 18-month community order. They also issued him with an 18-month driving ban and ordered him to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay the £75 fee the police paid for the penny farthing. Cool

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-26868419
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PostPosted: 28-04-2014 13:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Man attempts to rob bank, leaves his name, unsurprisingly gets identified

When it comes to robbing a bank, leaving the premises without any money is one thing, but to leave with your name written down on a piece of paper for all to read and track you down, is quite another.

However, this was the fate of one hapless robber, Felipe Cruz, in Florida, who tried - and failed - to steal all the money he could from the Chase Bank in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Mr Cruz, dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and baseball cap, made his first mistake when he strode up to a cashier’s desk that was protected with bullet-proof glass.

Unabated, he handed the cashier a hand-written note that said: “Give me the 100s 50s 20s now. Do not set the alarm. Hurry!!!”

Unfortunately for Mr Cruz, the bullet-proof glass meant that the cashier was able to confidently refuse his demands, and simply step away from the glass and the situation.

Panicked, Mr Cruz lost his gall and ran out of the bank, empty handed.

But his bad luck did not stop there. The stick-up note written by Mr Cruz was still in the hands of the cashier, and once it was turned over, it became clear that it had been written on the back of an online job application.

The application had Mr Cruz’s username written on it, reading “CRUZFELIPE36” next to his password.

Not only this, but his fingerprints were all over the note.

FBI agent Michael Leverock issued a wry statement on the case: “By trying to rob a bank with a demand note written on the back of his employment search form, the robber has given us a clue.

“He probably should have continued looking for honest work.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/man-attempts-to-rob-bank-leaves-his-name-unsurprisingly-gets-identified-9293882.html
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Shoplifter in B&Q Penzance used shop's wire cutters to steal two fires
1:30pm Tuesday 29th April 2014 in News .

An assistant at B&Q in Penzance answered a shopper’s request to point her to where the wire cutters were - and then watched her cut off the security tags from two fires with them before walking away without paying. Shocked

At Truro Magistrates’ Court Jodine Marie Harvey, 33, of Penare Terrace, Penzance, pleaded guilty to two offences of theft and admitted breaching a suspended sentence and was sent to prison for 16 weeks.

Alison May, prosecuting for CPS, said Harvey had stolen two fires and a hammer drill from the store worth £404.36 and had also stolen items including alcohol from Sainsburys worth £304.90. She had previous convictions for theft.

Elliott Moore, her solicitor, said at B&Q she had left behind a bag holding a letter addressed to her which led the police to her. Rolling Eyes

Mr Moore said Harvey was capable of change, but her chaotic way of life was still causing her difficulties.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/11177975.Shoplifter_used_store_s_own_wire_cutters_to_steal_items/?ref=var_0
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'Cannabis farm' found in Crewe after accidental 999 call

A man has been arrested after police attended an accidental 999 call in Crewe and discovered what they described as "a cannabis farm".
Officers visited a house in Haweswater Avenue to carry out a welfare check after receiving the abandoned call.
When they arrived they discovered it had been made in error and a "large number of suspected cannabis plants" were found in the front room.

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the find on Monday.
Commenting on Twitter, Crewe Police described it as an "epic fail". Cool
PC Shelley Woods said: "The circumstances around this call being made beggars belief."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27883003
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