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Posted at 8:08 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Story pick: Stupid criminals

By Christian Davenport

When I was a cub reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, I had to check the police arrest logs every week and then write up the blotter. Great reading, those logs, a real window into the criminal mind, which, as it turns out, may not be so highly developed. I remember one time reading about the genius who decided to rob a suburban department store. Just before closing, he hid under a bed on the showroom floor and waited for the staff to leave. A few hours later, the store dark and shuttered, he emerged and started filling a large duffle bag with stolen goods, unaware that the store's motion detectors had silently alerted police, who were waiting for him in the parking lot as he emerged.

Then there was the story of the Einstein who robbed a bank by handing the teller a note that said something like, "I have a gun." Turns out the note was the guy's phone bill. Yes, his name and address was on the back. Yes, the cops arrested him.

Now comes the tale of the Facebook bandit, who broke into Marc Fisher's house, then posted a photo of himself on the social network site. Police Office Kyle Roe called the crook "the most stupid criminal I've ever seen." But if the police don't catch this guy, whose face is now plastered in The Post in print and on the web site, they will be the ones looking silly.

By Christian Davenport  | December 17, 2010; 8:08 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  facebook, marc fisher, stupid criminals  
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