CARSON CITY, NV - A Carson City police officer ran the license plate of a vehicle he was following, and it came back expired. The officer's computer also revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle, Joseph Scurti, was wanted on two felony warrants. Scurti, instead of pulling over, tried to elude the officer. The officer immediately called for backup to help in the pursuit. And it turned out to be one of the slowest police pursuits recorded because the crook was riding a scooter, which cruises at a top speed of 30-35 mph! Scurti ended up riding on the sidewalk, but hit a squad car and got his scooter stuck underneath. In a final attempt, Scurti took off on foot but was tackled, handcuffed, and arrested.
BILLINGS, MT - Connie Kay Bailey, 50, attempted to steal a tow truck which was left idling. As she revved up the engine and put it into gear, the truck conked out. This was all witnessed by the tow truck driver, who was loading up a vehicle at the time! Connie ran off, but was later identified and arrested.
LOS ANGELES, CA - A man burglarized a home while the occupants slept inside, apparently only stealing an iPhone. But before he left, the burglar accidentally activated a home surveillance system connected to the iPhone. The video shows a nice picture of the crook's face as he was leaving with the phone.
LYNNWOOD, WA - Thieves cut the cables to an ATM machine from a business and loaded it into a stolen van. Trying to flee the scene as soon as possible, the crooks failed to tie down the machine, and sped over a speed bump and out of the parking lot. The ATM was found soon after by police, lying near the speed bump. It never left the parking lot! The stolen van was found the next day.
BRADFORD, VT - Benny Wercberger, 30, of Monroe, New York, was cruising along on Interstate 91, apparently in a rush, when a Vermont state trooper clocked him going 97 mph in a 65 mph zone. That is 32 mph over the speed limit! He was given a ticket and told to slow down. He did... by only 7 mph. Now speeding along at 90 mph, Benny was pulled over again, a few minutes later, and given another speeding ticket. But this time Benny was arrested and his car was towed. Now he wasn't going anywhere fast. He also has to show up at Vermont Superior Court on August 26. I don't think Benny is in a hurry to get to court!
BOCA RATON, FL - A woman reported to police that her fishing poles and other fishing gear worth over $4,000 were stolen. The police, searching on a pawn shop database, found one nearby shop that had recently bought fishing equipment. Bingo! All the poles and gear were confiscated. The crook was discovered to be one of her neighbors, Charles Pickett, who got $180 for the stuff. I don't know who the bigger crook was... Charles or the pawn shop!