Some people believe that it takes some level of intelligence to be a criminal. Not only must they have a solid plan and escape route, but they also need to be able to think quickly on their feet in the event that things don’t go according to plan. At the same time, it also takes a level of stupidity to think that crimes can be committed without repercussions. Regardless of where you stand, this list of lawbreakers does not contain people like the ones you’ve seen on Criminal Masterminds. Rather, it talks about criminals who knowingly called the police on themselves. Let’s find out how it all went down.
1. Leland Ayla-Doliente and Holland Sward
In 2015, friends Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward were on their way to Montana from California with approximately 20 pounds of hemp in their backseat. While crossing the Nevada-Idaho border, they became convinced that policemen driving civilian cars were following them, so they decided to pull over and call the police for help. Doliente told the confused dispatcher that they smuggled the hemp across state lines and that the police following them made them uncomfortable. When two officers arrived at their location, they found the men sitting on the side of the road with their hands on their heads and their stash in a garbage bag. It was clear that they were sampling their product as no one had been following them. They were arrested and charged with trafficking. Sward was sentenced to 30 days in jail while Doliente received 1.5 – 8-year prison sentence.
2. Rye Daniel Wardlaw
In 2018, Washington resident Rye Wardlaw decided to break into an escape room where he made himself feel at home. He stole a beer, got the remote control, and ate the burrito that he brought with him. When he finished his meal, he tried to leave through the same door that he entered but because he broke the doorknob on his way in, the door was impossible to open. He then tried to get out through the front door but could not figure out how the locks worked. Worried that he was trapped in an escape room, Wardlaw began to panic. He took the company’s phone and called the police saying that he was in an escape room because his home had been burglarized. When they opened the door, he tried to run out, but was caught. He was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary.
3. Jesse Berube
In 2017, just a few weeks from Christmas, Jesse Berube decided to rob a California bar which he frequented. Taking inspiration from Santa Claus, Berube walked across the roof of Loree’s Little Shack and tried to pass through the chimney. The opening was only 18 inches wide and while he could fit, he would quickly find out that he was not going to make it much further. The chimney took a 90-degree angle and would be impossible for anybody to make it down. He tried to climb out but was unable to move. What he did manage to do was get his phone and call for help. Shortly after his call, firefighters arrived to free him and he was immediately arrested and charged with burglary.
4. Christopher Moore
In 2012, a man named Christopher Moore broke into the home of James Gerow in the middle of the night and immediately began to steal things. He went into the master bedroom not knowing that Gerow was asleep in his bed. Initially, Gerow thought that Moore was his son, but when he noticed his son sleeping in bed, and spotting a stranger’s vehicle in the driveway, Gerow grabbed his licensed weapon and went to confront the thief. He chased Moore grabbing his keys in the process. Moore went into his truck and hid while the homeowners kept their weapons aimed at him. Fearing for his life, Moore called the police but didn’t give the full story. He was arrested and sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
5. Cody Bragg
In 2011, Cody Bragg was passing through one of Walmart’s parking lots when he saw a purse in a shopping cart. He put the hood of his shirt over his head, rolled the vehicle forward and snatched the purse. The owner also grabbed it and it wasn’t until Bragg had dragged her several feet away from her cart that she let go. Onlooker John Shuman witnessed the entire thing and decided to follow Bragg in his snow piler. When Bragg noticed the vehicle following him, he called 911 to tell them that he was being followed and that the driver might have mistaken him for the person who snatched the purse at Walmart. The dispatcher told him to go back to the parking lot so the confusion could be cleared up, but when he arrived, he was arrested and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
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