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The Case of the Purloined Puss

Bozo criminal for today comes from Lincoln, Nebraska, where the cops were contacted by a homeowner who said someone tried to steal their pussycat off their front porch. Everything was caught on the home’s security cameras…from our bozo stalking the cat on the porch to the kitty making its heroic getaway as the man tried to put it into the waiting getaway vehicle. The story made the local news and someone recognized the kitty thief and reported his name to the cops. Our 17-year-old bozo’s excuse…someone dared him to do it. Must have been a double “cat” dare.

No, Wait, That’s Not Me…It Only LOOKS Like Me!

Bozo criminal for today comes from Royal Palm Beach, Florida, where bozo John Cox was involved in a traffic accident. He told the cops it was not his fault, that he had been cut off by another driver and he could prove it with footage from his dashboard camera. He then agreed to sign a consent form allowing the police to take a look at what was on his camera. Guess he had forgotten all about when he recorded himself burglarizing a jewelry store, taking the bat from his trunk and smashing the store’s window. Oops. He’s been charged with burglary. No word on whether he got off on the traffic incident charge.

That Tree Must Have Insulted His Mama!

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report from Columbus, Georgia. Police were called to the local public library where a man was reported to be punching a tree. Upon arrival, they found bozo Tayvon Harper standing near the tree, with numerous cuts to his hands. EMS crews were called and our bozo was treated and sent on his way. Our freshly bandaged bozo then headed to the nearby Walmart where he walked out with a 55 inch TV without paying. He then made his way to the neighborhood police precinct where he complained to the officers about his bleeding hand and asked for the cops to take him and his TV to his home less than a block away. About that time, the report of the stolen TV was called in from Walmart. Oops. Instead he got a ride to jail.

Diamonds Are a Bozo’s Best Friend

Bozo criminals for today come from the International File in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city of Osio is home to a large prison. And the prison was home to a rather unusual money making enterprise. Authorities aren’t sure just how long it had been going on, but apparently there was a makeshift diamond mine underneath the prison grounds. Inmates and guards worked the mines and then sold the diamond for huge profits. Government officials became suspicious and conducted a raid on the prison after getting numerous reports of inmates not wanting to leave the jail even after their sentence was up. The mine and the prison have been shut down.

Look, Ma’am, We Don’t Care How Thirsty You Are…

Bozo criminal for today comes from St. Petersburg, Florida, where bozo Janet Wallace called 911 claiming a medical emergency. When the medics arrived, they found her “emergency” was not quite what they expected. She told them that she was really, really thirsty and was out of beer, and could they please help her out. The answer is “No.” She’s been charged with abuse of 911.

Urine Trouble

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report from Aurora, Colorado. Apparently bozo Angelique Ramirez was up for a job interview, and part of the qualifications for the job required a passing a urine test. And one of the qualifications of a urine test is that it be at body temperature, to insure that it is “real” sample. Knowing she couldn’t pass the test with her own urine, our bozo acquired some “clean” urine. Now, how to get it to body temperature. Well, there was a 7-Eleven right next door. How about using their microwave to warm it up just a bit. Bad idea. Apparently she hit the “cook” rather than the “warm” button, as the 7-Eleven employee reported hearing a loud bang and then saw a yellow liquid leaking from the microwave. Yuk. Yep, our bozo had tried to warm the urine in the microwave and the bag it was in had burst. The cops were called and our bozo just didn’t see what the problem was, as she had offered to clean up the mess. She’s been ticketed with damaging the 7-Eleven microwave.

He Had No Particular Place To Go

Bozo criminal for today violated Bozo Rule Number 223338: During an escape attempt, the goal is to actually “escape.” Bozo Michael Norris was among a group of inmates being transferred from the county jail to another facility when he somehow managed to sneak away from the group. But instead of getting the hell out of there, our bozo chose to stick around the jail parking lot, hiding behind a car. And did we mention he was also handcuffed and in his jail uniform? Yep, he was pretty easy to spot. He was arrested as he attempted to climb up a fire escape on a building across the street.

Doh!

Bozo criminal for today comes from Leicester, Massachusetts, where bozo Dennis Lucas had come up with the ideal crime. He thought he could circumvent the anti-theft devices at the local Walmart by covering them in Play-Doh. So, he smeared the gooey stuff all over the sensors and headed for the exits. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t work, as the alarms sounded anyway. Thinking better of things, our bozo fled, leaving the items, and the Play-Doh behind. What he didn’t realize was that Play-Doh is an excellent medium for taking fingerprints. Yep, he left behind a perfect print in one of the globs of Play-Doh. Cops used the print to identify him and place him under arrest.

But How Many Likes Did She Get?

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Michael McPherson for sending in today’s report from Knoxville, Tennessee. We all know some people feel the need to report every single thing they do on Facebook, and that was the case with bozo Stephanie Newman who used a baseball bat to break a sliding door at her neighbor’s home. Once inside, she stole a 42 inch television, over $2000 in cash and other items. And, since the neighbor was away on vacation at the time and there were no witnesses, she might have gotten away with it. Except for one small thing. For reasons known only to the Bozo Mind she decided to tell everyone about the theft on her Facebook page. Bad idea. She could get three to six years behind bars for the burglary charge and two to four years each on the theft and vandalism charges.

A Really, Really Poor Choice of Vanity Plates

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report from Springfield, Oregon, where an officer pulled into an Albertson’s parking lot looking for a stolen vehicle. He didn’t find the car, but he did spot a motorcycle with some rather interesting vanity plates, “XFELON.” And those plates were expired, way expired, from 1993. Then, he recognized the guy on the bike as a prior felon, so he ran a quick check on him and, sure enough, he was wanted on an arrest warrant. He called for a marked patrol unit to serve the warrant, and that’s when the fun began. Our bozo led them on a high speed chase through city streets until he made a mistake and turned on to a dead end street. So, he did what any bozo would do. He got off the bike and walked away, claiming it wasn’t him that had been on the bike. That excuse didn’t work. He’s busted! And charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine.

Shortest Distance Between Two Points Is Not Across the Runway

Bozo criminal for today comes from Miami, Florida, where bozo Charles Clark was dropped off at Miami International Airport to make a job application. When he realized he was in the wrong place, he decided to take a shortcut. Unfortunately the shortcut involved jumping over the fence and running across the runway. Bad idea. He was quickly captured by security. His bozo excuse? He can’t read so he didn’t understand the warning signs.

Um…How’s Your Pee?

Bozo criminal for today comes from St. Clairsville, Ohio, where bozo Kiana Matthews needed to pass a court ordered drug test really, really bad. So, she did what any bozo would do, she borrowed someone else’s urine. Problem solved, right? Wrong. Guess she should have asked her friend what she had been doing the last couple of days. The “borrowed” urine tested positive for drugs. So, you can add tampering with evidence to her violation of probation charges. She’ll be doing 18 months.

And Don’t Shoot the Finger At the Mug Shot Camera, Either

Bozo criminal for today violated seldom used Bozo Rule Number 9940234: Even if you think the camera is jammed, it’s not a good idea to give a police speed camera the finger, especially if you’re driving a distinctive car, with personalized license plates. That’s exactly what happened to bozo Timothy Martin who had his Land Rover equipped with a device that would supposedly jam police speed cameras. And every time he sped by one he would gleefully shoot the finger at the camera. While the device did prevent the cops from measuring his speed, they did get a shot of him shooting the finger. He was quickly tracked down and arrested, charged with “perverting the course of justice” which carries an eight month prison term.

And This One ISN’T Fake

Bozo criminal for today from the International File in Suzhou, China, seemed to have come up with the ultimate bozo plan. When she needed a place to park, she would simply park in a no parking zone, get out of the car, place a fake parking ticket on her window and go about her business, figuring any cop that was going to stop to ticket her would see the slip under the wiper blade and assume another officer had gotten there first. We’re not sure how long she had gotten away with this scheme, but last week she was foiled by bad luck and Modern Technology. She parked her car directly in front of an unmarked police car. While the car was unattended, the dash cam was turned on and recorded everything, including our bozo placing the fake ticket on the windshield. Oops. She’s busted! She should get time off for creativity, though.

A Bozo Swamp Monster

Bozo criminal for today comes from Pasco County, Florida, where Sheriff’s officers pulled over our bozo for speeding on U.S. Route 41. After a short chase, our bozo jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby swamp. A bad idea on so many levels. No, he wasn’t eaten by a gator. But he did manage to get himself stuck up to his neck in thick mud. Officers heard his cries for help and it took the efforts of several of them to pull him out. He’s been charged with fleeing to elude, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and violation of probation.

It Just Looked Like Something My Dog Would Like…

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report from Troy, Michigan, where the local cops were conducting training for their K-9 corps in a field behind the local Holiday Inn Express. One of the officers had just hidden a ball for one of the K-9 officers to find when a bozo shouted at him from a hotel room window, asking him what was going on. The officer told him he was training his dog and advised our bozo not to touch anything on the field. The officer then led the dog away from where the toy was hidden and, when he was a proper distance away, released the dog. The K-9 officer followed the scent, but when he arrived at the correct spot, the ball was nowhere to be found. Hmmmm….A quick search turned up the ball in the cup holder of a Ford Econoline van in the Holiday Inn parking lot. And who should come down to complain as the cops were impounding the vehicle but our bozo. Yep, the guy who had asked what was going on had, for reasons known only to the Bozo Mind, decided to steal the K-9 officer’s ball. Busted! And charged with larceny of police property.

Surprised He Didn’t Also Suffocate Himself

Bozo criminal for today comes from St. Marys, Georgia, where our bozo had big plans for robbing the local GameStop. But he needed a disguise. Having nothing, he improvised. He grabbed the plastic wrapping that covers big 24 packs of drinking water and put it over his head. Guess he forgot one important fact. This plastic wrap is totally clear, giving security cameras a perfect picture of his ugly mug. Armed with this evidence, cops expect to make an arrest shortly.

But I Thought You Could Have Paper Plates!

Bozo criminal for today comes from the great state of Texas where police in Fort Bend County pulled over a bozo in a van with a rather unusual license plate. It was a brown piece of cardboard with the numbers CV5Y901 scrawled on it in Magic Marker. Sorry, Pal, even in Texas you have to have REAL license plates. He’s busted!

Next Time Bring a Fanny Pack, or At Least a Sack!

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Howard Rost for sending in today’s report from the International File in Manchester, England. Our bozo held up a travel agency, getting away with an undetermined amount of cash which he simply stuffed into the pockets of his baggy pants. An OK idea, right? Wrong. Guess he didn’t account for it being a windy day. CCTV cameras show him walking out of the agency and the money almost immediately blowing out of his pockets. He’s lost quite a bit of cash before he even notices it, and when he does realize what’s going on, even more blows out as he tries to chase after the wind borne loot. Seeing the error of his ways, he eventually just gives up and leaves the money blowin’ in the wind.

When Ya Gotta Go, Ya Gotta Go

Bozo criminal for today comes from the International File in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland. The cops arrived for work in the morning and found quite a mess on their hands. Apparently our bozo had broken in overnight and stolen several items of police gear, including a hat, some handcuffs and a couple of police radios. But steal wasn’t all he did. For reasons known only to the Bozo Mind, he decided to take a poop on the front counter. DNA from what he left behind as well as CCTV footage quickly led to our bozo’s arrest. And he really couldn’t plead not guilty, as he was wearing the hat at the time of his capture. He’s busted!