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

October 29, 2010

Bozo criminal for today from Missoula, Montana made a number of mistakes in his attempt to rob a bank. First, after getting his cash, he stopped at a nearby restaurant to have breakfast. Mistake number one. Then, when he was finished, he called a cab to take him back to his hotel. And on the way, he stopped to pick up some cigarettes at a convenience store. Mistake numbers two and three. And, that hotel, the Doubletree, just happened to be the hotel where the local police department was holding a training session. Mistake number four. Busted!

October 28, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk John Hall for sending in today’s report form Spokane, Washington. Bozo Donnell Washington had what he thought was the perfect plan for robbing a bank. He was wrong. Our bozo called the bank and told them that he would blow up a school if he didn’t receive $10,000 in cash. He then gave them detailed information on how the cash should be delivered. He said someone should drive to his house, drop off the cash, honk two times and he’d come outside and pick up the money. And that’s exactly what the cops did. Our bozo was arrested when he stepped outside his house.

October 27, 2010

Bozo criminal for today comes from Waterbury, Connecticut, where bozo Geraldo Fuentes burglarized three condos and fled with his loot in a pillowcase. A few hours later, he called the cops to report that his car had been stolen. Police found the car a short time later in the condo parking lot…with the stolen items still inside. Oops. He’s under arrest.

October 26, 2010

Bozo criminals for today from Las Vegas, Nevada prove that sometimes merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get you arrested. Officer Wayne Lucas works with his partner, K-9 Officer Boris. And like most K-9 officers, Boris gets to go home with his partner when they are off duty. One evening recently Boris shot across the back yard like a streak and began barking at the fence. The officer went outside and observed a couple of kids breaking into his neighbor’s house. Oops. Chalk up another arrest thanks to Officer Boris.

October 25, 2010

Bozo criminal for today violated Bozo Rule Number 67123: You can’t believe everything you see on TV. From Skokie, Illinois, comes the story of bozo Carlo Sanders who was working at a department store as an overnight switchboard operator. He attempted to steal $30,000 worth of merchandise by stashing it in a tote bag and then placing the bag in the mailroom. He then attempted to take the bag home with him the next day. Unfortunately the whole thing was caught on security cameras. After he was arrested he told the cops that these things always worked on the TV show "The Sopranos." Maybe he can get some advice from one of Tony’s guys in jail.

October 22, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Barbara Goldstein for sending in today’s report from El Paso, Texas. Noemi Darr and Luis Ortega made plans to rob a jewelry store. Well, "made plans" may have been too strong a term. Bozo Noemi was wheeled up to the front door of the store in her wheelchair by bozo Luis. She then got out of her chair, covered her head and upper body with a large trash bag and entered the store. Her accomplice remained outside, driving the getaway chair. Once inside, she pulled a kitchen knife on the clerk and demanded "everything." The store owner was having none of it and pointed a stun gun on our bozo. At this point bozo Noemi thought better of her plan and tried to run out of the store, but the garbage bag limited her ability to run. She was quickly tackled and held down until the cops arrived. Bozo Luis was apparently unaware of what was going on. He was still waiting outside with the wheelchair when the cops arrived. They’re under arrest.

October 21, 2010

Bozo criminal for today comes from Redwood City, California, where an unidentified 19-year-old walked up to a police car and asked for a ride. The officer asked our bozo if he was carrying anything illegal. Our bozo replied, "Yes," before backtracking and changing his answer to "No." The officer decided it might be a good idea to check him out and he found a baggie of cocaine in his pocket. Busted! Next time he should consider calling a cab.

October 20, 2010

Bozo criminal for today from Lockland, Ohio, violated Bozo Rule Number 113767: Never ask an unnecessary question. Officers on patrol were flagged down by 44-year-old bozo Selma Ellis. She walked up to the vehicle, gave her name, and asked the officer if there were any warrants out for her arrest. The answer was yes. Oops. She’s busted.

October 19, 2010

Bozo criminal for today comes from Port St. Lucie, Florida, where bozo Kathryn Hill was arrested after selling a bag of oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. The officer also seized $1300 in cash that he suspected had been used for illegal drug activity. When asked where she got the money, our bozo offered up the Bozo Excuse of the Week. She told the officer "the tooth fairy gave it" to her. She’s busted.

October 18, 2010

Bozo criminals for today come from Miami, Florida, where this bunch thought they had it all planned out. They carefully staked out the bank branch they wanted to rob. Then, they scheduled their robbery for Sunday morning when there would be no one around. Two of them entered the bank through the ceiling while another bozo remained outside, on lookout. Well, sort of on lookout. At least until he fell asleep. Police responding to an alarm found him snoring in the getaway vehicle. They also found his accomplices inside the bank. They’re all under arrest.

October 15, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Pete Unger for sending in today’s report from the International File in Calgary, Canada. An unidentified bozo noticed a traffic camera flash as he drove through an intersection. Thinking he was not speeding, he turned around and drove past the camera again, this time driving below the speed limit. Again, the camera flashed. He then turned around and drove past the camera a third time, going even slower this time. Again, the camera snapped his picture. A couple of weeks later, he got three tickets in the mail for not wearing a seat belt.

October 14, 2010

Bozo criminal for today isn’t really a criminal but he definitely fills the bozo bill. From Olympia, Washington, comes the story of an unidentified bozo who showed up at the Highway Patrol office to apply for a job. Part of the job interview involved taking a polygraph test. It was while he was hooked up to the lie detector that a Highway Patrol employee arrived and noticed a book in the front seat of the car parked next to hers. The title of the book, in big bold print, "How to Beat the Lie Detector." She informed the person administering the test of what she had seen and he asked our bozo if he had been looking at any research materials before taking the test. He said no. Apparently the book’s advice didn’t work. He was then told he’d no longer be considered for the job.

October 13, 2010

Bozo criminal for today violated seldom used Bozo Rule Number 223090: Get permission first before using your girlfriend’s privates as a drug repository. Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Bob Hammond for sending in today’s report from Portland, Oregon. Bozo Luke Ward was pulled over by the cops and before they reached the car our bozo grabbed a large bag of cocaine and stuffed it up his girlfriend’s dress. When the officer stepped up to the car, the obviously miffed girlfriend told him she had a stash of drugs in her underwear and that they were placed there by her boyfriend. After the officer confirmed the presence of the drugs our bozo was busted. In spite of her help, the girlfriend was also placed under arrest, for a probation violation.

October 12, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Glen Snow for sending in today’s report from Chicago, Illinois where bozo Jimmy McDonald spotted a parked ambulance and thought it might be fun to take it for a spin. He hopped in, turned on the lights and drove off. Unfortunately, he didn’t take a look in the back before climbing in. Paramedics working on a patient called the cops and our bozo was quickly apprehended. He offered up the Bozo Excuse of the Week by telling the cops he was simply driving a friend to the hospital. They told him to leave the driving to professionals. He’s under arrest.

October 11, 2010

Bozo criminals for today don’t really qualify as criminals but they are definitely Bozo-Worthy. From Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, comes the story of 150 women who turned up at fundraiser to benefit a local lodge. The fundraiser featured alcohol and male strippers, a potentially dangerous combination. The situation took a turn for the worse when one woman stood up in a chair to get a better look at the entertainment. Unfortunately, this blocked the view of others and all hell broke loose, resulting in police being called to break up the brawl. Five ladies were arrested and two spent the night in jail, but charges probably won’t be filed. According to an officer who witnessed the melee, "Everybody was so drunk, it was difficult to determine what really took place and who was at fault."

October 8, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Dave Benoit for sending in today’s report. From Brookline, Massachusetts comes the story of bozo Michael Lucas who robbed the local bank and fled on foot. He was spotted by an off-duty police officer who gave chase before losing track of him in an alley. The officer then noticed a black Toyota Camry pass him. Ten minutes later, the Camry was found abandoned about four blocks away from the bank. The car was towed to the police station where one of the officers noticed the trunk bounce. When the trunk was opened, out popped our bozo. Yep, he had driven his getaway car a few blocks and then, for reasons known only to the bozo mind, he decided to park it and hide in the trunk. He’s under arrest.

October 7, 2010

Bozo criminal for today violated Bozo Rule Number 876767: Always get your rest, but be careful where you get it. From Good Hope, Illinois, comes the story of bozo Adam Brown who fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck while at the gas station filling the vehicle up. The cops were called and before awakening our bozo they took a look in the back of his truck. And much to their surprise, they found a meth lab, two grams of finished meth and $238 in cash. He’s busted!

October 6, 2010

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Barbara Goldstein for sending in today’s report, apparently featuring a hungry gang of redneck bozos. Our bozos broke into a mobile home, walked right past the 42-inch flat screen TV and headed straight to the kitchen. Once there, they went through the cabinets. The items reported stolen are as follows: a box of Cap’n Crunch cereal, a package of hot link sausages, a loaf of Sunbeam bread, a tub of Country Crock spread, a package of Velveeta cheese and a roll of Pillsbury Grand biscuits (what, no Cheetos?). Police are still looking for our well-fed bozos.

October 5, 2010

Bozo criminal for today at least gets bonus points for creativity. From Ocala, Florida, comes the story of 65-year-old grandma Elsie Olson who was pulled over by the cops for driving erratically. It was after she failed a field sobriety test that granny showed her ingenuity. After telling the officer that she "wasn’t that bad," she then tried to talk her way out of the ticket by offering to take the cop back to her house and make him a grilled cheese sandwich. She probably should have offered him a donut. She’s under arrest.

October 4, 2010

Thanks to numerous Bozo News Hawks for alerting us to today’s story. From Manatee, Florida comes the story of bozo Raymond Rowe who was pulled over by the cops for speeding. After writing out the speeding ticket, the officer asked our bozo if he had smoked marijuana recently. Our bozo responded that he had smoked some the previous evening and then invited the cop to search the car. The officer checked the car and then searched our bozo. When the cop noticed a soft object sticking out of our bozo’s buttocks, our bozo said, "Let me get it." He then proceeded to pull out a baggie containing 4.5 grams of marijuana. The officer continued his search and found another baggie in the same area. He pulled it out and found the baggie contained 27 pieces of rock cocaine. It was then that our bozo offered up the Bozo Explanation of the Week. He told the cop, "The weed is mine, the white stuff isn’t." Unfortunately he had no reasonable explanation for how the white stuff got there. He’s busted!