Dumb Criminals 2011

December 28, 2011 by staff 

Dumb Criminals 2011Dumb Criminals 2011, They say crime doesn’t pay, and it certainly won’t if you’re as dumb as some criminals were in 2011. Michael Daly reports.  It sounds like something out of a cartoon, but a couple of burglars in Oamaru really did leave their footprints in the snow, leading police right to them.

While they may well be frontrunners for the title of the stupidest criminals of 2011, they do have plenty of competition.

There was the woman who gave a false name and ran off from a Botox clinic without paying, but she had been photographed before the treatment, which was something of a giveaway.

Or how about the burglars who took photos of themselves partying on a cruise boat in Blenheim, then left the camera behind?

Or the shoplifter who made his getaway on a bus, the woman who tried to sneak cannabis concealed in tinfoil through an airport metal detector, or the accountant who attracted the attention of Inland Revenue through the discrepancies between his earnings and what he owned?

Fortunately for police and the law abiding among us, many of those who stray have little in common with fictional criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes’ arch enemy.

So it was that in August, in the midst of New Zealand’s most widespread snow in 70 years, Lemual Jason MacDonald, 39, along with his 17-year-old son, decided to throw a rock through the window of an Oamaru dairy and break in.

Police said the pair had wanted to steal synthetic cannabinoid Kronic, but they became aware the occupants lived on the premises and so quickly grabbed five packets of chips and icecream and took off … into the snow.

They hid the stolen items in an alleyway before heading home, leaving a trail of footprints leading right to their front door. Police tracked the footprints to the pair the next day.

MacDonald was sentenced to 200 hours community work and ordered to pay $111 for the smashed window.

Genna Anne Hollows, 29, earned herself the title of Botox bandit after doing a runner from a Christchurch Botox clinic without paying .

She went to the clinic in July, having five photos taken before treatment. When she went to pay she said she had left her wallet in the car and was last seen running down the road.

Staff were unable to contact her; she didn’t live at the address supplied; she didn’t return phone calls; and had given a false name, police said.

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