Thursday, 22 March 2007

Dumb criminals.

A quick-thinking French tourist outwitted a Dutch thief after the thief tried to take the man's bag, according to police in Amsterdam, yesterday.
The 27-year-old tourist snatched his sports bag out of the hands of the thief and ran into a nearby police station, with the thief frantically chasing behind.
Police spokeswoman Wilma Verheij said the thief 'realised too late that he had run straight into the long arm of the law'.
Once the 28-year-old thief realised where he was, he tried to run away from the police station, but the man, who hasn't been named, was quickly captured and arrested.


A dim-witted German burglar tried to pry a lock using a credit card, which subsequently snapped in two, leaving half the card that featured his name and account details, for police to recover.
The 29-year-old man tried to open the door to his neighbour's flat in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, police revealed.
A police spokesman said: 'He tried to copy what he'd seen them do on television, but the flat owner woke up and the criminal ran away. The victim called up and read us the details off the card.' He continued: 'When we got round to the burglar's house, the other half of his credit card was sitting on his kitchen table.'

A man gave police a false name, not realising that the name he provided belonged to a wanted criminal.
Vincent Lloyd Massey was in the passenger seat of a car that was pulled over by police in Annapolis, Maryland.
The officers discovered that the driver had a suspended licence. He was taken into custody by the police, which left Mr Massey, 48, to drive the car away.
However, when the officers asked to see his licence, Mr Massey said that he'd left his details at home, but offered his name, address and date of birth.
The police checked the details and moments later were told that they had a man with several criminal warrants, including some from the US Marshall's Service.
Realising that they had a wanted criminal on their hands, who had charges involving drugs and counterfeiting, the officers called for immediate back-up, obtained a warrant and arrested Mr Massey.
Once he was in custody, Mr Massey revealed that he'd lied about his identity and showed officers some identification. Police later confirmed that Mr Massey wasn't the wanted criminal.
However, he didn't get away with just a caution; he ended up being charged with giving a false statement to police.