While not quite as popular as dumb criminal stories, odd crime stories still jump out at me. And this morning’s papers had a positive surfeit of them.
First, we have a particularly vile specimen of voyeur who was busted at the Boston Aquarium. He was caught taking the infamous “upskirt” pictures with his digital camera. But this fine representative of humanity was targeting young girls. He tried to destroy the memory stick he’d hidden in his shoe, but police recovered it in time. This 45-year-old alleged perv is now facing charges of disorderly conduct, disseminating sexually explicit materials depicting children, annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex, obscene matter distribution (third offense), and secret video device surveillance of partial nudity. Here’s hoping he has a grand old time in prison.
Next up, we have a reputed stick-up artist who got away with his crimes far longer than he had any right to expect. He is accused of robbing at least 14 Dunkin Donuts shops, and not once was there a cop present. With that kind of luck, he shoulda quit after a dozen or so and bought a lottery ticket.
Finally, we have a story of a guy who supposedly shot a gun into the air. We don’t know if he was trying to get even with a pigeon, celebrating, or just a generic dumbass, but he got the attention of the police. He ditched the gun at a school (!), but the cops still caught him. Unfortunately, before they could haul his sorry ass off, a mob of almost 200 gathered and tried to liberate him. In the end, seven other people accompanied him to jail. This story was big enough to get the attention of both the Herald and the Glob.