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

April 30, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report. From Orlando, Florida comes the story of bozo Eric Callaway who robbed a service station at gunpoint, getting away with $75 and two cartons of cigarettes. Investigating officers discovered our bozo had left something behind at the crime scene: The case to the gun he had used in the robbery. And inside that case, the receipt for a new AK-47 assault rifle, along with his name and address. He was found at his apartment with the rifle and the loot. He’s under arrest.

April 27, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Norwalk, Connecticut where bozo Amahl Carter stole a vehicle from a car dealer a little over a month ago. He had been denied a test drive because of bad credit, and as he was walking away, he spotted a car on the lot with the keys in it and simply drove off. He had not been seen since, until this week when he showed up at the same dealership, driving the stolen car. He told the sales manager he wanted to trade up for a larger vehicle. Instead, he’s traded for something smaller…a jail cell.

April 26, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Dallas, Texas where three bozos carjacked a man and told him to drive to his bank to get cash. He said his credit union had an ATM at DFW airport, where he worked. Our bozos said fine, drive over there. When they arrived, he informed them the ATM was inside, past airport security. They agreed to wait outside while he went in to retrieve the cash. Bad idea. He instead retrieved the cops who arrested all three of our patiently waiting bozos.

April 25, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Holiday, Florida where bozo John Anderson lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a residence. He walked away from the accident before the police arrived, leaving one of his shoes behind in the vehicle. A short time later, while the officers were investigating, our bozo walked up, looking quite a bit the worse for wear. His face was bloody, like he had smashed it into the steering wheel, he was wearing only his boxer shorts and was barefoot. He initially denied any involvement, but the vehicle was registered to his home address. And when an officer asked him to try on the shoe, it was a perfect fit. Just like Cinderella, that sealed the deal. He’s under arrest.

April 24, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report. From Lakeland, Florida comes the story of bozo Darren Carpenter who was seen by the police wheeling a large trash can down the sidewalk at four o’clock in the morning. An officer stopped to investigate and found the trash can was full of beer, several cases of the stuff. When asked where the beer came from, our bozo replied that he found it next to a dumpster at a nearby restaurant. Well, not exactly. Investigating officers found a large hole in the building’s wall, leading to a storage room where the beer was kept. Our bozo has been charged with burglary.

April 23, 2007

Bozo criminals for today come from Forrest City, Arkansas where bozos Tonya and Dennis green were driving through town when a police officer noticed something strange on their dashboard. A large stuffed monkey was right in front of the driver, partially obstructing her view. And that was only the beginning of their troubles. The officer also could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle (big surprise) and inside found large number of pills. They’ve been charged with possession of a controlled substance. No word on the fate of the monkey.

April 20, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Joey Schwartzman for sending in today’s report. From the International File in Aachen, Germany comes the story of an unidentified bozo who broke into a sports facility late one evening. It was very dark and since he didn’t have a flashlight he turned on the first light switch he could find. Unfortunately for him, the switch was for the floodlights on the football field. Police were called by the club’s grounds keeper who saw the lights from his home nearby. Our bozo was arrested.

April 19, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where bozo Thomas Bartley was found by the police passed out in a bathroom stall at a local hotel. When the cops awakened our bozo and asked for some ID, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a grey and yellow marijuana pipe and handed it to the officer. When the cops asked him for an ID the second time, our bozo took out his checkbook, ripped out a check and handed it over. He’s been charged with drug possession.

April 18, 2007

Bozo criminals for today come from Chicago, Illinois where two bozos accosted a homeowner as he was returning home late one evening. The bozos tied up the man and proceeded to ransack his home, carrying out computer equipment, jewelry, a cell phone and numerous other items, making several trips to their car to get it all loaded. Investigating officers discovered what our bozos had used to hold the front door open while they carried out all the stuff. A statement full of personal information including our bozo’s name and address. Busted!

April 17, 2007

Bozo criminals for today come from Weston, Florida where police officers noticed our bozos acting suspiciously. When questioned, they told the cops they were going fishing in the Everglades. They even showed them their fishing poles to prove it. Which might have been a good idea except for one thing. Those fishing poles had no lines attached to them. This led the officers to take a look around their fishing hole, where they found five marijuana plants ready for planting and a shovel and potting soil to do just that. And instead of bait in their car, the cops found a partially smoked marijuana cigarette. Busted!

April 16, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Howard Rost for sending in today’s report. From Moundsville, West Virginia comes the story of bozo Johnny Sammons who allegedly snatched an elderly lady’s purse. The crime was caught on video and when officers noticed Sammons resemblance to the purse snatcher, they attempted to talk to him. However, when he saw them coming, he took off, seeking refuge in a nearby Port a Potty. Not the best idea. There’s only one way in and one way out of those things. And when he did come out, the cops were waiting for him.

April 13, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Germantown, Tennessee where bozo Marshall Forbes was ticketed for running a red light. It was when he appeared in court to contest the fine that he earned membership in the Bozo Hall of Fame. Our bozo told the judge that he ran the red light because he had his prize viola in the seat next to him and he was afraid if he stopped he could become involved in an accident on the rain slickened streets and his $60,000 musical instrument could have been damaged. Perhaps the judge just didn’t appreciate fine music. He found our bozo guilty.

April 12, 2007

Bozo criminal for today may have been inspired by Heather Mills on Dancing With the Stars. From Pomona, California comes the story of Gregory Dawson who robbed a market and fled in his pickup. An anonymous caller tipped off the police who gave chase. Our bozo’s problems really began when he pulled onto a dead end street. He then jumped out of his truck and attempted to flee on foot. We say attempted because our bozo was not quite as agile on his artificial leg as Heather is. When he jumped out, it came off and he was quickly arrested.

April 11, 2007

Bozo criminals for today come from Prineville, Oregon where a popular teenage pastime is blasting road signs with a shotgun. Our 17 and 18 year old bozos for today were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after shooting a sign. It may have been the sign they blasted that drew the attention of local authorities. It said, "Training Exercise Ahead" and referred to a county sheriff’s department training session that was in progress. Officers nearby heard the shot and arrived quickly enough to arrest our bozos.

April 10, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Joey Schwartzman for sending in today’s story from Callaway, Florida. Bozo Charles Murphy had been on a serious crack cocaine binge and had run out of cash. So, he went down to his bank to apply for a loan. He told the bank officer that he needed $500 to pay off a crack cocaine debt to the gentleman who was waiting in the bank lobby. Instead of processing the loan, the bank employee called the cops and both our bozo and his dealer were arrested.

April 9, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from DeQueen, Arkansas where bozo Sebastian Navarro was arrested and charged with drunken driving. Seeking to keep the arrest off his record, he identified himself as his brother. His plan might have worked out OK except for one little thing. When it came time to call someone to bail him out of jail, he contacted the same brother to come down to the station house. Busted!

April 6, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Middlefield, Ohio where Robert Potter knew the stereo system in his car was a cheap one, and had even made plans to replace it. But bozo John Martin changed all that. Our bozo broke into Mr. Potter’s car and stole the stereo. After giving it a listen, he found that it really was a lousy system and decided to bring it back. He was caught on security cameras twice. First, when he stole the system and second, when he tried to put it back into the car. He’s under arrest.

April 5, 2007

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Randy Shereda for sending in today’s report. From Suffolk County, New York comes the story of bozo Calvin Maloney who drove over to the county jail to visit a friend. The officer at the desk asked our bozo to show his drivers license for identification. When he replied that he had no license, the officer noted that he had just seen him drive up. That’s when our bozo said, "It’s suspended. A lot." He wasn’t kidding. A quick check of the records found that he had 31 suspensions. He won’t have to worry about driving for a while. A further check found an outstanding warrant on another driving related incident.

April 4, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from our Wrong Place, Wrong Time Department in the International File in St. George, Queensland, Australia. Two unidentified bozos checked into the Merino Motel with big plans for setting up a meth lab in their room. Guess they didn’t think about the smell attracting someone’s attention. And guess they didn’t check to see what was scheduled at the motel for that weekend. A police district conference with dozens of officers in attendance. Busted!

April 3, 2007

Bozo criminal for today comes from Miami, Florida where bozo Gene Brown robbed a Wendy’s restaurant. During the heist the bandanna covering his face fell off. In spite of the wardrobe malfunction, he got away with a little cash. He returned to the same Wendy’s four days later, not to rob the place again, but to order himself three junior cheeseburgers and then argue with the clerk about getting incorrect change. Maybe he shouldn’t have called so much attention to himself. Almost every worker in the place recognized him. The cops were called and he was arrested.