The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


May 14, 2014

Jim Bailey: A lot of dumb crooks out there these days


When the owner contacted police, he learned the person who called customer service had used the serial number of the stolen computer.

The final instance takes the cake: Two Minnesota burglary suspects inadvertently notified police of their nefarious plans. Technology was the big winner here.

One of the suspects accidentally called 911 on his cell phone, which happens once in a while with some smart phones’ emergency call feature. The dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call in which the line stayed open.

According to a newspaper report, the dispatcher overheard a conversation about where police were. The dispatcher saw the location was a car-repair shop in Maplewood, Minn. Police were alerted, arriving in time to see two thirtysomethings wearing dark clothing leaving the building with a television and a large box.

They dropped the objects and ran, but police dogs subdued them. They face charges of third-degree burglary.

You have to wonder how stupid some people can be to jeopardize their futures in such a bungling fashion.

Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at

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