Dave Moreland's Bozo Criminal of the Day - The world famous daily report on dumb crimes

January 31, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report. From Lewiston, Maine comes the story of bozo David Loranzo who used a BB gun to hold up a convenience store. Less than one minute after pulling the job our bozo found himself being swarmed by police. It seemed they were coming from everywhere and he quickly surrendered. His mistake was choosing to rob a convenience store directly across the street from the Lewiston Police Station.

January 30, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Paul Randall for sending in today’s report. From the International File in Brisbane, Australia comes the story of a bozo who may have forgotten that it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Bozo Justin Terry was trying to sneak some heroin into the country. He arrived at the Brisbane airport with 2 kilos of heroin stitched into his clothing. He didn’t get very far before attracting the attention of customs agents. He had hidden the dope in a heavy polar fleece jacket which he was wearing. And the temperatures in Brisbane were near 90. He’s been arrested.

January 29, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from Port St. Lucie, Florida where bozo Travis Snider had what he thought was a foolproof plan for robbing a house. Boy, was he wrong. He rang the doorbell and asked the owner if he could come in and use the phone, which he did. He then told the homeowner to turn over anything of value. What he didn’t expect was for the owner to pull a gun on him and tell him to get out of his house, which he did. Case closed, right? Not quite. Our bozo had called his own house and hung up. When his girlfriend returned home, she saw the number on the caller ID and called back. Police were able to use the homeowner’s own caller ID to trace down and arrest our bozo.

January 28, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report. From York County, Pennsylvania comes the story of bozo Donnie Harvey who stopped by to visit a friend in the York County Prison. His friend was in for armed robbery. Unfortunately, bozo Donnie was also wanted for the same crime. The cops think he had stopped by to find out if his buddy was going to “rat on him.” He won’t need to now. The cops arrested him on his way out.

January 25, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawks Al Dubinsky and Dana Scipio for sending in today’s report. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania comes the story of bozo Robert Nolan who held up two convenience stores in one night. Our bozo was probably feeling pretty good about himself when he stepped out of his van at his house. His mood immediately changed when he was confronted and arrested by the cops. How could the police have possibly have known he was the crook? And how could they have found him so quickly? It was his getaway van. The one that had “Nolan Plumbing and Heating” emblazoned on the side in great big letters. After getting the description of the vehicle from the victims, one of the cops remembered where he had often seen the van parked and was waiting for our bozo when he arrived home.

January 24, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Joanne Tighe for sending in today’s report. From Weymouth, Massachusetts comes the story of bozo Rebecca Harvey who was arrested on drunken driving charges. So she called her bozo friend Danielle Nix to come down and bail her out. Bozo Danielle was headed to the police station when she decided to stop at a drug store and pick up a few items. Three bags of merchandise which she didn’t pay for. The cops were called and they chased our shoplifting bozo, with flashing lights on, all the way to her destination. The police station. She was arrested and joined her friend in jail.

January 23, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from Kansas City, Missouri where an unidentified bozo walked into an auto parts store and snatched $50 from an employee. As he tried to make his getaway a mechanic grabbed him by the left leg, which much to his surprise, came off, along with his pants. Our one legged bozo hopped out of the store, through the snow, wearing only his boxer shorts and got into a waiting getaway car. Everyone in the store was laughing too hard to chase him, but police don’t anticipate any problems tracking him down.

January 22, 2002

Bozo criminals for today come from the Teenage Mischief Division. From West Haven, Connecticut comes the story of a group of young bozos who made three mistakes. Their first mistake was stealing 30 dozen eggs from a diner in West Haven. Their second mistake was throwing those eggs at passing cars. And their third and fatal mistake was not taking note of just which cars they were throwing stolen eggs at. When one of the eggs hit a police car, the boys were arrested and charged not only with criminal mischief but also with larceny for stealing the eggs.

January 21, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Howard Rost for sending in today’s report. from Buffalo, New York comes the story of a bozo who didn’t let the city’s recent 7 foot snowfall keep him from his appointed rounds. Bozo Larry Carl figured this might be just the time to steal something nice for the home. Don’t know how he picked it out but he was seen walking down one of the snowy streets dragging a grandfather clock. Not surprisingly, this raised the suspicion of neighbors who called the cops. By the time the police caught up with him our bozo had stolen something else to make his job easier. A large city garbage can with wheels. Here he is, strolling down a snowy street with a grandfather clock in a big garbage can. Shouldn’t have done that. He’s been charged with theft of city property in addition to the clock.

January 18, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Sean Linthicum for sending in today’s report. In real estate, the key phrase is “Location, location, location.” This doesn’t always hold true in the bozo universe as today’s story from Altoona, Iowa will prove. Father and son bozo team David and Jesse Vance analyzed the situation and decided that their home was the perfect place from which to sell marijuana. Good location, right on the corner of a busy street, directly across from the Altoona Police Station. Oops. They’ve been arrested.

January 17, 2002

We’ve known for a long time that bozos aren’t the bravest of souls and today’s story goes a long way toward proving that point. From the International File in the Czech Republic comes the story of a bozo burglar who broke into a pub. As he was making his way toward the cash register he was frightened out of his wits by loud music. And on a wall across the room, in the dim light he thought he could make out something moving. That was enough for him and he quickly bolted out the door. And just what was it that frightened our bozo so? Well, some places have a watch dog. This particular place had a watch fish. One of those “sing n swing” fish that flops around and sings a song. That’s right, our bozo was foiled by Big Mouth Billy Bass.

January 16, 2002

Another one today from our Bozo Lonely Hearts Club. From the International File in Gateshead, England comes the story of Bozo Mark Waverly who held up a store and while making his getaway noticed a particularly fine woman waiting at the bus stop. So fine was she that our bozo just had to stop and ask her for a date. After making small talk with her for a few minutes he wrote his name and telephone number on her hand and went on his way. Later, when the woman saw a video tape of the robbery, she recognized the thief as her suitor and called the cops, giving them his name and phone number. His next date is with the judge.

January 15, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from the home of the Bozo Report, Tyler, Texas. It’s the story of a couple of bozos who violated Bozo Rule Number 3443: Never jump over a fence unless you know what’s on the other side. Tyler police surprised a couple of bozos nosing around the Classic Toyota lot late the other night. When our bozos spotted the cops, they took off, with one of them jumping over a nearby fence in an effort to get away. No doubt as soon as he hit the ground, our bozo knew he had made a serious mistake. He had jumped into a yard containing a couple of Rottweiler dogs. Big Rottweilers. Big, mean Rottweilers. Making a quick decision about which was the lesser of the two evils, our bozo jumped back over the fence and surrendered to the cops.

January 14, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from Hallandale Beach, Florida where an unidentified bozo walked into a branch of Bank United and handed the teller a holdup note. The note was written in such a scrawl that the teller couldn’t make heads nor tails of it so she asked hour bozo what he wanted. He tried to respond but the teller couldn’t understand his mix of Spanish and English. Quite a commotion ensued with our bozo shouting and gesturing at the note but never quite getting his point across. Finally, he gave up and left. Maybe he should try to steal a word processor.

January 11, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from the International File in Nice, France, and as you’ll see, there may also be a bozo victim here. You’re no doubt aware of the introduction of the new Euro bills in Europe last week. It seems a few folks over there may not have gotten the memo. On the first day the new money was legal tender a bozo purchased a round of drinks by giving the bartender what he told him was one of the new Euro bills. The bartender accepted the bill and brought out the drinks. It was only after he had left that someone noticed our bozo had paid not with a new Euro bill but with a bill from the European version of Monopoly.

January 10, 2002

Bozo criminals for today come from the international file in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where three bozos were in the middle of a hold up when one of them accidentally hit the redial on the cell phone they were carrying. That call went to an answering machine which recorded the whole thing, including one of our bozos telling the victim, “You’re being jacked” and then later the three arguing among themselves over how to split their$100 take. The owner of the answering machine turned the tape over to the cops, who, with the help of local radio stations who played the tape on the air, were quickly able to identify the bozos.

January 9, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from the International File in southern Sweden and he did so many things wrong it’s hard to know where to begin. First of all our bozo, a member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang came home, began running water in his bathtub and promptly fell asleep. First mistake. The water soon began to overflow, running out the front door. His neighbors, fearing the worst, called the cops. They arrived and awoke our bozo who told them he was filling the bathtub with water for his pet crocodile. Second mistake. Crocodiles are illegal to keep as pets. When the cops came in to take a look around they discovered the crocodile was used to guard our bozo’s cache of illegal guns. Third mistake. And with three strikes against him, our bozo was arrested.

January 8, 2002

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Mike Sheffield for sending in today’s report. From Los Angeles, California comes the story of bozo Robert Thompson who was looking for a thrill and may have gotten more than he had bargained for. Our bozo broke into a 36 story office tower at 2 in the morning, made his way to the top and jumped off, using a parachute to float to the ground. His timing wasn’t perfect, however. He set off an alarm when he broke in and the officers arrived just in time to have our bozo land directly on top of their patrol car. They helped him off and arrested him.

January 7, 2002

Bozo criminal for today comes from Miami, Florida where bozo Marsha Ross Grabbed $900 worth of clothes from a store in the mall and dashed out with security guards in hot pursuit. She ran into the parking lot and spotted a car with an open front door, and jumped inside, hoping to hide. Bad idea. She had climbed into the car of Miami-Dade police major Grace O’Donnell and her husband, Miami-Dade police lieutenant James O’Donnell. (Shall I arrest her, darling, or do you want to?) She’s now in custody.

January 4, 2002

Bozo criminals for today come from the International File in Launceston, Australia. A gang of bozo tried to steal a cash machine inside a shopping center. First they forced open the doors of the mall to get to the ATM inside. So far so good. But this was a big, heavy duty cash machine and it would require big, heavy duty equipment to break into it. But they were prepared. Before going to the mall they had stolen a truck with some welding equipment on it. They drug the welder inside and went to work on the ATM. And that’s when things started to go sour. Perhaps they forgot that cash is flammable. The heat from the welding torch incinerated the money.