These days you can find thousands of hours of funny and entertaining stories, be it on YouTube or funny websites the stories from all over the world are endless.
Here are five good stories about bungled robberies I’ve found online that I’d love to share with you. Not all robberies end in spectacular (and hilarious) failure so be prepared to take your security needs seriously.
- Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, a rather silly thief was busted attempting to steal an in-car GPS system from a car which was equipped with an internal camera. If that fact alone is not enough, it turns out that the would-be car thief had his name and date of birth tattooed on his neck, which was clearly visible to the cameras in the car. The hapless thief was arrested and jailed for seven months, longer than usual for this offense because the other ten offenses he owned up too had to be taken into consideration.
- It was 2007 in Gallup, NM where our next story comes from. Suzie Fronterotta suffered a home break-in and robbery where jewelry of sentimental value was stolen from her and around $1,000 in cash. It was to her shock that around three years later she received a letter in the mail from the thief apologizing for the crime (which clearly had brought some bad luck!). The letter said “please forgive me, I so sorry I steal from you” and “so many bad things happen because I steal from you, I so sorry.” The jewels were returned with the apology which is a rare case indeed. Suzie said to police if they ever find the thief not to charge him. source
- How about a date? 2009, Columbus, OH when Dianna Martinez was robbed in her home one day you can only imagine the terror when one of the robbers returned some 2 hours later to ask her out on a date, how flattering! The police arrested Stephfon Bennet (22) on the doorstep, Dianna said: “It’s never happened, in my eight years and some months I’ve never had anything happen like this before.” I’m sure nobody else has either! Police Sgt Sean Liard said “She recognized him right away when he returned and was able to have her cousin call 911.” Dianna was lucky the robber was so love-struck, the last thing you want is to have a robber return to the scene of the crime. source
- Back to Brisbane, Australia where just recently in March a man attempted a burglary in an electronics store. About 1 am, the man attempted a Mission Impossible style entry from the roof of the store. Things didn’t quite go to plan as the thief tried to lower himself down onto a desk but managed to trip onto the desk instead catching his foot in the rope causing him to lose his balance and a shoe. The man promptly investigated the area around after attempting to steal some secured laptops he made his escape through the roof again empty-handed. source
- Springettsbury Township, PA. 2008. A would-be bank robber threatened to file an official complaint regarding a newly opened Susquehanna Bank branch office merely a week after it opened. What sets this one apart from most complaints is it was not about service, fees or charges, the robber 48-year-old Joseph Goetz fled the scene after learning that the bank branch had no cash to give him, so he vowed to make an official complaint with the bank manager about the lack of cash on-site. However, a bank customer who had been using the bank’s drive-thru service at the time overheard the event and followed Mr Goetz home. The unidentified hero phoned police who caught up with the would-be bank robber and arrested him on suspicion of attempted robbery. source
There’re hundreds of bungled robbery stories out there for you to find and have a laugh at. Don’t forget to head to the benefits part of the site and see how we can help you. While funny it is better to be secure so you won’t end up as a headline in a robbery report on your local news.