Sometimes the only thing better than stupid criminals are stupid arrests. Amazing what will lead the “coppers to slap on the cuffs” and actually arrest people for the craziest things. Have a look tat these ten silly arrest stories – all of them strange, but true.
10. Dumb and Dumber: Bandits rob a bank, pose with loot, get arrested
Grinning stupidly for the camera and brandishing the proceeds of their ham-fisted raid, two Australian bank robbers demonstrate why they earned themselves the nicknames “Dumb and Dumber.” Anthony Prince, 20, and Luke Carroll, 19, were jailed last month after pleading guilty to the bungled raid on a bank in Vail, Colorado. Carroll got five years in a tough US prison and Prince 4�. Federal prosecutors have released photos the pair took of each other joking in the toilets of a McDonald’s shortly after stealing $170,000 in cash and terrorizing bank tellers with fake pistols. They were captured the next day after leaving a trail of clues, which investigators said made their job laughably easy. Prince and Carroll had been regular customers at the bank and although they were wearing masks, the tellers recognized their broad Australian accents.
9. Goat arrested for armed robbery
A vigilante group in Ilorin, Nigeria apprehended a group of would-be car thieves, including one man who “turned himself” into a goat. The mysterious goat, according to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed, while briefing bewildered journalists at the Force headquarters, is an armed robber who attempted to snatch the said car, and later “transformed” into the goat in a bid to escape arrest. “While one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is.” Mohammed said. The police spokesman said the goat “armed robbery suspect” will not be left off the hook until investigations into the case are concluded.
8. The 88-year-old Grandma who got arrested for not returning a kid’s ball
Edna Jester, an 88-year-old grandmother, was arrested by the police in 2008, when she refused to return a neighborhood boy’s football that had landed in her front yard.
A frustrated Edna took the football after it landed, once again, in the yard of her Blue Ash home, where she has lived since April 1949. When Jester refused to return the football, the neighbor called the cops. Though police warned that she would be arrested unless she returned the football, Jester refused, according to the below Blue Ash Police Department report. The petty theft bust was the first arrest for Jester, who has been widowed for about ten years.
7. The Man who got caught humping a picnic table
In March 2008, Art Price Jr. was arrested after a witness observed him turn over a metal picnic table and perform a seriously perverted personal lascivious act upon it. This is the latest occurrence of Mr.Price engaging in hump-hump with furniture. On four other occasions neighbors had witnessed Mr. Price copulating with other outdoor furniture. Price faces up to four charges of public indecency.
6. The Man who got arrested for shouting naked at trees
Dieter Braun, 43, from Recklinghausen said the stress “release” technique had worked perfectly until he was arrested. It was his marriage guidance counselor who advised him to run around naked shouting at trees. “For me it’s a type of relaxation therapy” he said.
“Feeling the breeze on my naked skin really calms me down.” But local police said other visitors to the forest did not find his behaviour relaxing and have now charged him with causing a public nuisance.
5. The Boy who got arrested for opening his Xmas gift too early
A South Carolina boy, 12, was arrested on December 2006 after his mother called police to report that he had unwrapped a Christmas present without her permission. According to a Rock Hill Police Department report, the child opened a Nintendo Game Boy, though he had been directed not to by family members. When the boy’s mother learned that the $85 gift had been opened, she called cops, who charged the juvenile with petty larceny. In an interview with The Herald newspaper, the boy’s mother, a 27-year-old single parent, described her son as a disruptive child, noting that she hoped his arrest would serve as a corrective to disorderly behavior at school and home.
4. The Deaf man who got arrested for swearing at police in sign language
Balraj Gill, 31, a deaf mute, was arrested by police after he swore at them in sign language- and although he made no sound, he has admitted breaching the peace.
Officers had taken Gill back to a hostel where he was supposed to be staying but until a worker translated his sign language for them, they had no idea what he was trying to say.
The worker told officers every swear word Gill had signed at them. A police officer told reporters: “The officers could tell he was angry, but didn’t know what he was saying. I suppose he’s unlucky hostel staff were on hand to translate.”
3. The Woman who got arrested for selling pierced cats
Holly Crawford, 34, pierced black kittens in the ear, neck and tail and then marketed them as “gothic” over the internet before she was charged with animal cruelty. She was trying to sell the kittens online for hundreds of dollars, PETA said. The Pennsylvanian woman said she didn’t see the difference between piercing a cat or human, and pleaded not guilty.
2. The Man who got arrested for farting at policeman
Jose Cruz, 34, was arrested on September 2008 and charged with assault after he allegedly broke wind on a police officer. Police say they were finger printing Cruz, when he moved near Patrolman T.E. Parsons, lifted his leg and passed gas “loudly” on the officer. Cruz then allegedly waved the air in the direction of Parsons, who was preparing a breath test machine at South Charleston police HQ, West Virginia.
1. The Man who got arrested for having sex with street signs
Police in Sioux Falls South Dakota arrested 60 year old Verle Peter Dills after catching him performing various personally lewd acts on a traffic sign in another residents yard. After searching his home, police found a �large amount� of videos showing Dills having relations with various traffic signs. Dills was charged with burglary, unlawful occupancy, and six counts of public indecency.