Young men who enjoy wearing baggy pants make a certain fashion statement. However, Frank Irving Wiggins age 24 of Minneapolis may want to rethink his fashion statement in the future. When he was arrested his pants kept falling down. The kind police officer kept hiking up his sagging pants when she found a semi-automatic hand gun in his pants pocket.
He was being arrested on suspicion of a drug deal in St. Paul. However, with this new find, he faced charges of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person which is an automatic five year prison sentence. He waived his right to a jury trial and the judge found him guilty. He appealed by challenging the court’s denial of the suppression motion – in regard to the hand gun in his pocket. The Minnesota Court of Appeals up held the conviction.
The appeals court said the “unique wardrobe assist” by the officer was not a search subject to constitutional regulation. The officer hoisted his pants presumably to conceal rather than to reveal. The court further said that the officer was justified by concerns for her own safety and potential unnecessary embarrassment to Wiggins.
The court further stated, “Because judicial holdings are limited by their facts, we are confident that our opinion will not be misconstrued to suggest that an officer can freely meddle with a person’s clothes to the refrain, ‘Pants on the ground, pants on the ground,’ under the guise of providing public assistance.”
Why do criminals do stupid things? Maybe the explanation is simply they are high on drugs. Recently, a man in North Carolina found that laughing in court is really no laughing matter.
A Fayetteville, N.C. man was waiting for his case to be heard when the judge heard him laughing in the courtroom. The judge asked him why he was laughing, but 47-year-old Johnny Montgomery refused to answer the judge. As a result, the judge ordered Montgomery to jail on a misdemeanor charge.
When the deputies were preparing to take him to jail, they found more than 3 grams of crack cocaine on him. Needless to say he was charged with felony drug possession and thrown in jail.
What was he thinking? Why would anyone show up in court with crack cocaine and expect to walk out of the courthouse unscathed. Just another stupid criminal doing what they do best – being stupid.
This is one for the ungrateful, stupid criminal file. A robber in Atlanta, GA robbed a Wendy’s at gunpoint recently. It seems that he wasn’t happy with his heist.
He was wearing a ski mask and holding a gun when he walked up to the drive-through window demanding money. He only got away with $586 from the drive-through window. Maybe he should have gone in and ordered his bag of money instead of going through the drive-through.
As a result, this bold, brazen, stupid criminal called the Wendy’s twice to complain that he didn’t get enough of money and next time they should have more money for him when he comes to rob them.
Police are still looking for the robber. He has to be one of the stupid criminals of the week.
What would you do if you lost your job, your wife and heard that your father had prostrate cancer? This stupid criminal went on a four day drinking binge and crashed his car. But that isn’t the end of the story. While he was waiting for help, he popped open another beer and was drinking it until help came.
Paul Nigel Sneddon age 47 of New Zealand plead guilty to careless driving and drunken driving . His blood alcohol was three times over the legal alcohol limit. His attorney claims that when Sneddon crashed his car and overturned his car he found he could not open the doors, so naturally he decided to have another beer and wait for help.
The judge fined him NZ$1,100 (US$780) and disqualified him from driving for 10 months. It was his first offense. It is sad that this man had all those troubles all at once, but what was he thinking when he decided to drink another beer at the scene of the accident?
Beware in Seattle! A doughnut thief is lurking. A recent Fox Sports article tells the tale of the stolen maple bar doughnuts.
It seems that rookie wide receiver Golden Tate and a buddy decided they were hungry for fresh doughnuts at 3:00 a.m. in the morning – this is the time of day that most bakers begin to bake doughnuts for the upcoming day. Tate lives in a building that has a gourmet doughnut shop at the bottom of the building. The smell of freshly baked doughnuts must have been too much for Tate and his friend to resist.
According to the story, he and his friend went to the bakery, found an unlocked door and helped themselves to several maple bar doughnuts without paying. When the baker found out that the doughnuts were gone he called the police. The story doesn’t explain how the police and baker figured out that Tate was the thief. Maybe the police followed the crumbs up to Tate’s apartment.
Of course, Tate is very embarrassed about the whole situation and no charges will be pressed. He said that next time he has the urge for freshly baked doughnuts he’ll send a friend to buy some from the bakery. Thank goodness, the police caught the criminal doughnut thief. Seattle is safe once again from a stupid criminal story.
Two more names can be added to the Stupid Criminals list. What were these two young men thinking when they stole paint from an elementary school and decided to tag cars in a Boulder, Colorado neighborhood?
Jarrad McKay age 21 and Matthew Baker age 20 were caught red handed or “white” handed by police. These two dumb and dumber criminals, decided to steal white paint and cover cars in their neighborhood with the paint late at night. Police easily tracked them by following the trail that lead to their home nearby. Both men had paint on them and a quick arrest was made.
They will be charged with criminal mischief and theft and will be added to the Stupid Criminals list for this year.
Another stupid criminal turns a simple shoplifting case into a pot bust. His crime started out as a $20 of stolen merchandise from Shopko in Winona County, Minnesota. Patrick Julius Walker, 20, of Winona returned to Shopko and pleaded with store security to let him pay for the items he took. He took a pair of boxer shorts valued at $7.99 and a pair of earring, valued at $12.99.
However, Shopko refused to let the man pay for the items and called police. When the police arrived, Mr. Walker claimed that he didn’t have the earrings and to prove it he emptied his pockets.
In his pockets he had change, candy, candy wrappers, tissue, a wad of cash with a black clip, and a small bag of marijuana. The police asked about the pot and Walker said that he smokes a little dope. He continued to empty his pockets and revealed a larger bag with 10 smaller bags of marijuana weighing 16.8 grams. As he continued to empty his pockets he brought out another bag of pot weighing 7.57 grams and a small scale. He must have had deep pockets to hold all of this stuff!
The police asked Walker about the bags of pot and he said, “Who cares? I smoke a little dope.” It seems that he wasn’t concerned about the dope in his pocket but was more concerned about the shoplifing charges.
However, the police arrested Walker after a scuffle broke out and took him to jail. He is cited for obstructing justice with force, theft by shoplifting and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
How would you like to live next door to this man? A rural Menomonie, Wisconsin man is accused of threatening a neighbor with a shotgun. Dustin Valla, age 27, lives in the town of Red Cedar. He claims that he likes to shoot his guns to relieve stress and that’s why he lives in a rural area.
However, a neighbor called police when Mr. Valla threatened him. The neighbor heard shots in the nearby woods and thought someone was hunting illegally. When he found out it was Mr. Valla, he asked him to stop. Mr. Valla said to the neighbor that he could hunt anywhere he wanted and added, “I’m the one with the gun, and I could kill you.”
Shortly after this incident, the neighbor heard more shots. He then heard Valla yell that he was shooting at you guys now. Valla was firing six to eight shots from the deck of his home. When confronted by police, Valla told him that he had just purchased an old shotgun that wasn’t working properly. He was shooting in the woods in an attempt to fix it.
Valla faces a felony charge of first-degree reckless endangerment and several misdemeanor counts that include discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building and disorderly conduct. He’s not exactly the neighbor of the year.
Most people make a bucket list of things that they would like to do before they die. Some want to learn how to sky dive, climb a mountain or visit a European country. However, a Florida woman had other ideas for her bucket list.
The Florida woman who suffers from non-terminal leukemia and bipolar disorder decided that robbing a bank should be on her bucket list. As a result, Patricia Edwards, 51, walked into a Bank of America branch last week in Sanford, Fla., and handed a teller a note demanding money. She told police that there was no real planning to this robbery just an impulse to rob a bank.
When she was arrested three days later police found out that she wasn’t taking her medication at the time of the bank robbery. She claims that she was sorry for the bank heist. However, she remains in custody on two counts of robbery and a $20,000 bail.
Next time she might want to consider sky diving instead of robbing a bank to check off on her bucket list.
Once again, stupid criminals make law enforcement easy. This time, two criminals thought calling ahead to rob a bank was just like ordering a pizza.
In Fairfield, Connecticut, police arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey and a 16-year-old boy. They called the People’s United Bank branch in Fairfield and told them to have a bag of money ready for them. They must have been in a hurry and thought calling ahead would make it easier to rob the bank.
Ten minutes later, they showed up to pick up the bag of money; the police were waiting for them; and arrested them.
Obviously, these two guys aren’t the brightest bulb in the pack.