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Probably She Should Have Just Taken the Bus

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Howard Rost for sending in today’s report from Buffalo, New York, where the police now have new license plate readers. They pulled over our unidentified bozo after they noticed the plates did not match the car the had in their records. Our bozo explained to the cops that she had borrowered the plates from a friend because her insurance had expired. What she failed to check was whether the plates she borrowed were any good. They weren’t. They were suspended, and, of course, what she did isn’t legal anyway. She’s been charged with two counts of driving with an expired registration, switching license plates and no insurance.

Just Maybe He Should Have Called a Lawyer

Bozo criminal for today actually followed Bozo Rule Number 000001: Always tell Mom the truth. From Bradenton, Florida, comes the story of bozo James Harper who was spotted by the cops riding a bike without any lights around 11:30 PM. And he seemed to speed up when he spotted the police cruiser. When the cops turned on their flashing lights it appeared that our bozo dropped something into the grass. After the cops stopped him, one of the deputies found a burnt crack pipe in the area. It was then that our bozo asked for his one phone call…to call his mother. While the cops were listening, he told his mom the whole story, “I’m in trouble for buying dope and I had a crack pipe on me.” He’s busted, his 15th arrest since 2005.

Maybe They Should Have Brought a Nice Book Instead

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Manny Steglich for sending in today’s report from La Grange, Texas, where our two bozos decided to visit a friend that was in the county jail. They pulled up into the jail parking lot and when they sat in their car for a long time without getting out, one of the officers decided to investigate. When our bozos acted a little antsy, the officer decided to search the car and that’s when he found the source of their discomfort. For reasons known only to the bozo mind, they had brought along some methamphetamine when they decided to drop by and visit their friend. Bad idea. They’re busted!

Next Time Just Go To a Movie

Bozo criminal for today comes from Gainesville, Florida, where police officers observed bozo Daron Baker speeding and driving recklessly on his dirt bike. Upon noticing the bike had no license plate, the cops gave chase. Our bozo led the officers on a chase with speeds reaching 80-90 MPH before he abandoned the bike and attempted to hide in his house. It was when the cops asked him why he fled that he came up with the Bozo Excuse of the Month. He told the officers he was “bored.” The result of that boredom? Arrested, charged with fleeing police and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Maybe He Should Have Gone As the Invisible Man Instead

Bozo criminal for today violated Bozo Rule Number 277623: Make sure your disguise can be easily removed for your getaway. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania comes the story of bozo Jonathan Hall who thought it would be a good idea to rob a convenience store while disguised as Spider Man. It wasn’t. He entered the store shortly after 1 AM dressed head to toe in full Spidey gear. His question for the cashier, “How much money you got?” received no reply as the clerk reached under the counter and pulled out a taser which sent Spider Man running. The clerk called the cops who quickly found our bozo, still in full costume, running down the street. He’s busted!

But This Always Works On TV

Bozo criminal for today comes from San Francisco, California, where bozo Charles Carpenter attempted to break into an ATM using a crowbar. He succeeded in doing nothing but setting off the alarm. Our bozo developed a plan for escape which seemed like a good idea at the time. He quickly climbed up onto to the roof and was going to flee by jumping from one building to another. Which might work…unless you weigh 230 pounds, which our bozo did. The cops were watching from the ground as our bozo jumped from the bank building to a nearby apartment building and immediately went crashing through the roof into an apartment below. He was not seriously injured in the fall and was placed under arrest.

Whatever Happened to Carving Initials on a Tree Trunk

Thanks to Bozo News Hawk Dianne Overmyer for sending in today’s report from Pettyjohns Cave, Georgia where a group of cavers encountered two people coming out of the cave. Once inside, they noticed that someone had spray painted graffiti near the entrance of the cave. In addition to various obscenities, the vandals had also painted lovers initials. Guess our bozos graffiti artists forgot one thing. Before entering the cave, they had filled out information cards, complete with their names and addresses. Authorities matched up the initials with the names on the cards and then checked our bozos’ Facebook pages. Sure enough, they had posted pictures of themselves which matched the description given by the cavers. They’re busted!

Next Time Just TELL the Teller

Our bozo today really isn’t a criminal, but he does prove the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. From Glastonbury, Connecticut comes the story of our bozo, who shall remain unnamed. He was in the local bank when he noticed a man with a gun. Thinking quickly, he wrote the word “gun” on a piece of paper and handed it to the teller. Unfortunately, the teller misinterpreted his message and took it as a threat. Another teller activated a security alarm and the cops arrived and placed our bozo under arrest, charged with breach of peace. And the guy with the gun? He was legally permitted to carry it and had no intent of robbing the bank.

Next Time Buy a Holster

Bozo criminal for today comes from Wimauma, Florida, where Bozo Mark Cortez was packing heat, a 22 caliber pistol, but he apparently didn’t pack it very securely. As he was walking down the street, the gun fell out of his pocket and hit the ground. Upon striking Mother Earth, the gun discharged and shot our bozo, not in the foot, but in the leg. When he went to a local hospital for treatment, he was uncooperative with the cops investigating the incident, and for good reason. He is a convicted felon and it’s unlawful for him to be in possession of a firearm. Oops. Upon release from the hospital, he was charged with being a felon in possession, carrying a concealed firearm without a license and destroying physical evidence.

One of the Disadvantages of Small Town Living

Bozo criminal for today comes from Savoogna, Alaska, where bozo Ronald Carpenter broke into a residence and stole a pistol and several checks before making his getaway. So far, so good. Now, what to do with those stolen checks? Cash them, of course. And where to cash them? Savoonga is a small town on an island and there’s only one store, so the choices are limited. Our bozo did succeed in cashing one of the stolen checks at the store. Unfortunately the owner was able to identify him when the police came around to investigate. And since he didn’t use the cash to get off the island, he was quickly placed under arrest.

Another Bozo Fashion Victim

Bozo criminal for today comes from Orange County, Florida, where bozo Anthony Gonzalez was praying in the sanctuary of a church near Disney World when he noticed the church had a gift shop. The temptation was just too much for him and he went inside, grabbed the cash drawer and ran toward the courtyard. The church’s maintenance director noticed what was going on and gave pursuit. And that’s when things started to go terribly wrong. Our bozo was wearing extremely baggy pants, and, as he ran, his pants headed south, forcing him to stop and try to pull up his pants with one hand while holding the cash drawer in the other. This was the opening the maintenance man had been waiting for. He ran up and pulled our bozo’s pants all the way down, which caused him to trip and fall. He jumped on him and held him down until the cops arrived. Busted!

Of All the Gin Stores In All the World, He Walks Into This One

While the Bozo Criminal Report certainly does not recommend this response to your typical Bozo Thief, we certainly stand in awe of his efforts. From Marionville, Missouri comes the story of an unidentified bozo who walked into a liquor store smoking a cigarette. The man behind the counter told our bozo that smoking was not allowed inside. Our bozo responded by walking up to the clerk, looking him straight in the eyes and saying, “Give me all your >bleeping< money." Bad idea. The guy behind the counter was a military veteran with four tours in Iraq and a previous job as a corrections officer. Surveillance video shows our bozo raising his pistol only to have his hand slapped down by the clerk, who then pulled a pistol of his own which he stuck into the mouth of our would-be thief. The clerk then said, "You need to get the >bleep< out of here before I blow your >bleeping< head off.” Thinking better of his robbery plan, our bozo backed away and ran out the door. Armed with the video, police expect to make an arrest soon.

Too Bad There Wasn’t a You Tube For How To Be Your Own Lawyer

Bozo criminal for today from Auburn, New Hampshire was just trying to help his fellow man. Unfortunately, what he was trying to help them do was illegal. It seems bozo Kyle Alexander had set up a marijuana growing operation at his home. And, since things were going so well, he decided to share his recipe for success by detailing it all on You Tube. He posted videos showing how to grow it, how to set it up, what chemicals to use and where to get the seeds. Very helpful. Also helpful for the cops, who also check out what’s going on on You Tube. He’s busted!

He Was Sure He Would Make a Clean Getaway.

We have doublechecked our Bozo Files and confirmed that we have a first for today. Our first ever confirmed bathtub theft. Or, more accurately, an attempted bathtub theft. Bozo Cedric Jones broke into a residence, and after looking around for something to steal, finally settled on the bathtub. As you might imagine, this isn’t the most portable item in the house, and, after a good deal of struggling, he finally got it into the garage. Unfortunately for him, the activity in the house attracted the attention of the neighbors and the cops were waiting for him as he attempted to drag the tub from the garage. He’s busted!

Time To Take Out the Garbage

Bozo criminal for today comes from Syracuse, New York, where bozo Robin Grier robbed a bank and was on the run from the cops when he took refuge in an apartment building. Our bozo made his way the the 21st floor, but it seemed the cops were still hot on his trail. He then spotted what looked like the perfect escape route…the garbage chute. Unfortunately he didn’t take into account that the chute from the 21st floor was a nonstop trip straight to the basement. After a quick trip down he landed on a huge pile of garbage, which cushioned his fall. Police say he’ll be charged with robbery once he’s released from the hospital.