We all like to read about crimes that were well thought out and daring. They seemed to be enacted by characters larger than life, by people who are destined for the big screen. They are either ingeniously secretive or astounding in every way. Those are the criminals that make us forget petty crooks and other vagabonds.
However, sometimes the crimes - or arrests - are just bizarre. For every high speed chase of drug kingpin, there are many other arrests that are plain confounding or enacted on people who have not done anything that criminal. This article celebrates these bizarre cases of the law, so here they are, presented for your enjoyment!
Bank robbers get arrested after posing with loot.
Australians Anthony Prince, 20, and Luke Carroll, 19, raided a bank in Vail, Colorado. They had made off with $170,000 after threatening bank tellers with fake pistols. However, they also left a solid trail of breadcrumbs for the police follow. They had been regular customers at the bank, so the tellers recognized their thick Australian accents. And if that wasn't enough, they took photos posing with the stolen money in a McDonald's bathroom. The police arrested them the next day after the robbery. Carroll was sentenced for 5 years in a US prison and Prince 4½.
Goat arrested for armed robbery
A group of would be car-thieves caught by a a vigilante group in Ilorin, Nigeria included a goat - or, more precisely, a man who turned himself into a goat! Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tunde Mohammed told the journalist that the goat is actually an armed robber who transformed into an animal to escape arrest. "While one of them escaped, the other was about to be apprehended by the team when he turned his back on the wall and turned to this goat. They quickly grabbed the goat and here it is." Mohammed said. Armed robbery suspect goat will not go free until the case is concluded.
88-year-old Grandma arrested for not returning a kid's ball
Edna Jester, an 88-year-old grandmother, was arrested when she refused to return a football ball that landed in her front yard. When Jester continued to refuse to return the ball, neighbor Paul Tanis, 40, called the cops. Police warned grandma that she would be arrested unless she returned the ball. Yet she refused, and was arrested for petty theft, getting her first arrest at 88.
Man caught having sex with a picnic table
Art Price Jr. was arrested in 2008 for having sex with an upturned metal picnic table. His neighbors have witnessed four other acts of fornication with outdoor furniture. All in all, Price Jr. faces up to four charges of public indecency.
Man arrested for shouting naked at trees
Dieter Braun, 43, from Recklinghausen claimed that his marriage guidance counselor advised him to run around naked and shout at trees. "For me it's a type of relaxation therapy" he said. "Feeling the breeze on my naked skin really calms me down." Other people that happened to be in the forest found this distressing and the police charged him with causing a public nuisance.
Boy arrested for opening his Christmas gift early
A 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was arrested on December 2006... because his mom called the police to report that he opened a Christmas gift without her permission. He just wanted to get to the Nintendo Game Boy, even if his family told him not to. The cops charged the teen with petty larceny. His 27-year-old single mother described her son as a disruptive child, explaining that she hoped that the arrest would correct his behavior.
Deaf man arrested for insulting the police in sign language
Officers took Balraj Gill, 31, deaf without speech, back to a hostel where he was supposed to be staying. A worker there translated his sign language, including every swear word Gill had signed at them. "The officers could tell he was angry, but didn't know what he was saying," a police officer told reporters. "I suppose he's unlucky hostel staff were on hand to translate."
Woman arrested for selling pierced cats
Holly Crawford, 34, marketed black kittens as "gothic" on the Internet. She had pierced their ears, neck and tail in a bizarre. case of "regretsy" that resulted in animal cruelty charges being filed. Holly said she didn't see the difference between piercing a cat or human - how can you know their meows aren't those of consent - and pleaded not guilty.
Man arrested for farting at policeman
Jose Cruz, 34, was arrested 2008 and charged with assault - for farting at an officer. Cruz was being fingerprinted when he moved near Patrolman T.E. Parsons, lifted his leg and loudly farted at the officer. Cruz then allegedly waved the air in the direction of Parsons.
Man arrested for having sex with street signs
Well, at least they're not molesting people! 60 year old Verle Peter Dills was caught performing various sex on a traffic sign in the yard of a neighbor. The police found a “large amount” of videos showing Dills having sex with various traffic signs after searching his home. This led to Dills being charged with burglary, unlawful occupancy, and six counts of public indecency.