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Criminal Blunders

Criminal Blunders (11)

Funny and amusing stories about criminal activity.

For some strange, inexplicable reason, public poopers have been waging turd terrorism across the country in recent months. First, there was the Mad Pooper of Colorado Springs, a jogger who would routinely pinch a loaf on the same family's lawn while out on a run. Then, there was the Arkansas Shit Bandit, another jogger who liked to do number two near parked cars. Now, it looks like New Jersey police have finally caught their own dastardly defecator—and this one feels like the end of particularly shit-centric Scooby-Doo episode.

According to police, the mystery pooper who'd been shitting on the Holmdel High School track every morning wasn't some angry student failing gym—it was the superintendent of a neighboring school district, NJ.com reports.

Faculty at the school, apparently tired of cleaning coils of human doo off their track "on a daily basis," put together a sting operation and caught the man, 42-year-old Thomas Tramaglini, in the act. Police arrested Tramaglini on the track early Monday morning.

Tramaglini, the Kenilworth school superintendent, is now being charged "with lewdness, littering, and defecating in public," according to a Holmdel Township Police Department Facebook post. The school district has reportedly placed him on paid leave while he faces the charges.

It's unclear why exactly Tramaglini allegedly made it his duty to make duty at the high school, but since this was an ongoing issue, the question is worth exploring. What inspires a seemingly normal person to begin pooping in public? Is it out of anger, borne from some deep-seated rage only weaponized shit can fix? Is it some animalistic urge, an instinct to rebel against our civilized turd-in-bowl world and drop a deuce in nature? Or is it just, like, really funny to poop outside once in a while?

According to NJ.com, Tramaglini was running on the track before his arrest, so maybe that has something to do with it. If this is actually the third case of joggers hanging roots during their exercises, then our society is apparently in desperate need of more public restrooms for the runners out there. In the meantime, though, can't you start carrying a bag? Come on, everybody—if you need to squeeze one out in public, at least do us all the courtesy of scooping it yourself.

Sep 18, 2018

A Canadian dog that just plain hates deer got busted in Canada and was brought home in a police cruiser.

"He is such a sweet dog and loves humans and other animals," his owner, Emme Thompson, told InsideEdition.com Monday. "For some reason, deer just bother him!"

Thompson, a 21-year-old college student, posted a photo of her dog, looking forlorn in the back seat of a police car, on Twitter, where it promptly went viral. The adorable photo has been viewed more than 165,000 times.

"The attention has been insane," said Thompson, who is from Ontario. "I never expected it to blow up like this."

Her dad and his girlfriend had been out walking with the dog, Finn, when they let him off his leash, Thompson said. "Normally, he does this no problem and stays close by," she said. Not so on Sunday, when he spied a dreaded deer and took off running.

Finn did not answer calls or whistles after he bounded away in the bushes. The couple looked and looked but couldn't find him. They reluctantly made their way back to the trail head.

Not long after, the Ontario Police called. Finn, it appeared, had gotten himself into a bit of trouble and was now in custody. 

When she saw her yellow-and-white pup in the cruiser's back seat, Thompson said she thought it looked so funny she had to take a photo. 

"The police were very nice to him and brought him back safely," Thompson said.

Her image also inspired others to post their own photos of dogs in deep doo-doo. 

Sep 13, 2018

An Oregon man on drugs stole a car in front of deputies and thought he was in a real-life version of the video game “Grand Theft Auto” when he led authorities on a 40-mile chase Saturday, police said.

Anthony Clark, 23, of Grant Pass, told police he had taken LSD when he got into a Toyota Camry that two Jackson County deputies were waiting to tow after an unrelated DUI stop, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said Clark sped through multiple towns, crashed through a fence, ran over spike strops twice and drove down several roads the wrong way, according to The Oregonian.

Clark was arrested after ramming into another police cruiser, fleeing into a mobile home park and trying to steal another vehicle, police said. The sheriff’s office said no one was hurt during the chase, according to the newspaper.

Clark admitted to taking drugs and hallucinating while he was being interviewed by officers, the sheriff’s office said. The Oregonian, citing a probable cause affidavit, reported Clark got into the Toyota after getting out of the passenger side of a truck nearby and told a deputy that he was going to steal the car.

The man is facing a bevy of charges from three different law enforcement agencies, according to KDRV-TV.

Clark was charged by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with attempting to elude an officer in a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless driving, and reckless endangering another person.

He was charged by the Ashland Police Department with recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, first-degree criminal mischief, attempting to elude an officer in a vehicle, second-degree criminal trespass and unlawful entry into a vehicle. Oregon State Police charged Clark with recklessly endangering another person and third-degree escape.

Sep 04, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 73-year-old man is behind bars, accused of shooting at his neighbor during a dispute over lawn care.

The unusual shooting took place just south of Camby road on Indy’s southwest side. Last week, police were called to the property after Homer Faucett says his 73-year-old neighbor threatened to shoot him. Thursday night, those threats turned into gunshots.

“He pulled the pistol out and shot at the culvert and then turned the pistol at me, at which point I turned around to make a B-line and he fired at me,” said Faucett.

Faucett says he quickly drove his mower to safety and called police.

According to the police report, officers took Paul Kelley to the hospital for evaluation, then booked him into jail on a felony charge of criminal recklessness, although the 73-year-old told police he was shooting at a snake in the grass.

“Which I think is his way of being funny and saying I’m a snake because he doesn’t like the way I mow my lawn,” said Faucett.

As a second report shows, Homer called police ten days earlier to report Kelley threatened to kill him eight or nine times.

“There was a tirade of cursing and he said, ‘If you drop your deck on my lawn again I’m going to shoot you,’” said Faucett.

During that first altercation, police talked to the suspect but left the property without making any arrests.

“The police actually told me, 'Don’t mow your lawn. It may cause him to snap.' This is just silly. I’ve got to be able to mow my own lawn,” said Faucett.

Following the shooting, to help prevent any more violence, police seized numerous guns from the suspect. Faucett says he still can’t believe the 73-year-old got so mad over lawn care.

“There’s a level of civility that we’re just losing in this country,” said Faucett. “There are just some lines you don’t cross.”

Faucet knows he’s lucky he wasn’t hurt during the shooting. He hopes this is the last run in he ever has with his neighbor.

Sep 04, 2018

The 47-year-old was arrested on a battery charge, according to his inmate record. (St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office)

A man in St. Lucie County, Fla., was arrested after allegedly gave his girlfriend a “wet willy” while he was belligerent, an affidavit says. A local sheriff’s deputy was called to the home of 47-year-old Joseph Sireci in mid-August. The man’s girlfriend claimed that she found Sireci drunk on the living room floor after she returned home from work.

According to an affidavit reviewed by the Treasure Coast Newspapers, Sireci went with his girlfriend, who has not been identified, and her daughter to a different person’s home. There, Sireci “continued to drink and be belligerent,” according to the affidavit.

Then, on the way home, Sireci allegedly grabbed his girlfriend’s hand, pulled her arm and “continued by giving her a ‘wet willy’ sticking his finger in her ear,” the affidavit says, according to the newspaper.

The daughter, whose identity is also unclear at this time, confirmed her mother's account.

According to inmate records, Sireci was arrested on a battery charge.

He declined to give a written statement, but said he wasn't drunk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sep 01, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Franklin man was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated on Saturday— but he wasn't behind the wheel of a car.

Officers pulled over 46-year-old Barry Ridge while he was driving down County Road 100 North on a red lawn mower, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's department.

The Franklin Police Department received a complaint just after 5 p.m. from someone upset that Ridge had driven onto their yard and started mowing the grass. Ridge then headed down the road toward Franklin. 

Officers said Ridge's eyes appeared "glassy." He failed a breathalyzer test, which found his blood-alcohol level of 0.189.

This isn't the first time Ridge was arrested for driving his lawnmower while drunk, according to police records. He was arrested in a Kroger parking lot in Marion County for operating the mower while intoxicated and "causing a disturbance" on April 8. His Huskee lawn tractor was impounded.

Ridge is still awaiting trial for the first arrest. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail on Saturday.

Aug 20, 2018


Two men have admitted to stealing a shark from a Texas aquarium over the weekend and using a baby stroller to smuggle the animal out of the building, officials revealed in an update on the bizarre case.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joe Salvaggio told reporters Monday night that the men confessed to taking the 1.5-foot-long horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium after officers showed up at one of their homes with a search warrant.

The female shark, known as Helen, was brought back to the aquarium Monday evening and received a hero's welcome from employees. Salvaggio said the animal was in "very good condition."

According to investigators, the men and a woman removed the shark Saturday afternoon from an open tank where visitors can pet the sea life. In a statement, the aquarium said the trio "staked out the pool for more than an hour" before taking the animal.

Salvaggio did not identify the suspects Monday night, but said one of them was a 38-year-old white man who lived in San Antonio.

Investigators said one of the men grabbed the shark by the tail while the other two people involved wrapped it in a wet blanket. The men then put the shark into a bucket and put the bucket into the bottom part of a baby stroller.

The group then put the unusual cargo into a maroon truck.

The aquarium said that in the process of putting the shark in the bucket, the group dumped a bleach solution used to disinfect tools into the cold water exhibit filtration system. It said the solution caused "harm to other wildlife" and added, "If it weren't for the fast acting experienced staff, the bleach would have done more damage."

Aquarium General Manager Jenny Spellman told KABB one of her employees spotted the suspicious group and alerted management. Spellman confronted the group in the parking lot, but one of the men denied her request to search the truck.

Salvaggio said Monday that the mastermind of the theft kept several "marine animals" in his home in what he described as "almost a mock-up" of the aquarium.

"He very much knew what he was doing and kept that animal alive and was able to continue to see that animal thrive, which is pretty shocking to all of us," he said, adding that investigators believe he took the shark to replace one that had recently died.

Salvaggio said the men would face theft and other charges, and added that the department was investigating whether federal charges were warranted. A decision was expected Tuesday on whether the woman would face charges.

Aug 15, 2018

A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn't arrest her because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl," police said.

Her eyes glassy and bloodshot, Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was slurring her words and a Breathalyzer showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.18 percent, according to police in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Cutshaw, 32, told the arresting officer she shouldn't be jailed because she was a cheerleader, a dancer and a sorority girl who graduated from a "high accredited university."

Taken to the police station in handcuffs, she described herself as a white "thoroughbred" and "went on to say 'I'm a white, clean girl,'" the officer wrote in his report.

"I asked what that had to do with anything?" wrote the officer, who also is white.

She replied, "You're a cop, you should know what that means," and, "You're a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room."

Also, "she repeatedly stated, 'my partner is a cop,'" and said she'd been trying to get to her boyfriend's house when she was pulled over early Saturday.

Cutshaw, a real estate agent, told the officer that she'd had two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant.

How full were the wine glasses? "I mean I was celebrating my birthday," she replied.

After another officer found marijuana and rolling papers in her Ford Fusion, she said she "may have" smoked pot earlier that evening as well, the report said.

Cutshaw was jailed on charges including drunken driving, speeding and marijuana possession, based in part on her own statements.

"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the officer wrote.

Messages left at the real estate firm she lists as her employer were not immediately returned.

Bluffton is a town of about 21,000 residents about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and near South Carolina's Hilton Head Island.

Aug 13, 2018

Man who tried to burn down his ex-boyfriend’s house with a pot of boiling spaghetti sauce was arrested along with an accomplice in DeLand last week, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Derrick Irving, 36 — who had an intimate relationship with the 50-year-old owner of the home on Evergreen Terrace — and John Silvia, 28, broke into the victim’s house and took a flat-screen TV, a vacuum, an air conditioning unit and a heater on March 13, according to an arrest report.

The victim, who was at work, called authorities after getting an alert on his phone that his security cameras caught some movement inside the home. The cameras had been covered with a towel.

When deputies arrived at the scene about 7 a.m., they stopped Irving and Silvia, who were trying to flee the scene in a red SUV, the report shows. Irving, who was wearing a onesie bull costume with a tail and a bull nose on its hoodie, said he was retrieving some of his clothes from the residence.

But deputies said there were no clothes in the car. Officials went inside the victim’s home and smelled something burning. The report says a deputy checked the stove and said he saw spaghetti sauce scorching in a large pot. A washcloth resting on the side of the burner had just started to catch fire.

In the passenger seat of the car, deputies also found an empty jar of Ragu sauce, which was retrieved from the victim’s kitchen cabinet, according to the affidavit.

Silvia knew the victim and said he met Irving, who he used to date, four months ago. He told police he did not know Irving was burglarizing the home and was giving him a ride so he could recover his clothes.

“He felt the incident was suspicious but denied knowingly burglarizing the residence,” the report says.

Irving, who was on probation for a previous felony, was arrested and charged with arson, burglary, and grand theft. Silvia was charged with arson, burglary, grand theft and driving with a suspended license.

Aug 08, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville man faces charges after an incident in Market Square Wednesday.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, multiple people flagged down an officer in Market Square to report "odd behavior" by a man.

According to police, Brian Zielinski refused to stop walking away when he was approached by officers. The reporting officer noted that Zielinski was "talking incoherently and appeared to be under the influence of some type of inhalant."

Authorities said a search yielded two bottles of super glue in Zielinski's front pants pocket and a sunglasses case containing small light bulbs with a straw attached to the end of the bulb. Zielinski allegedly told investigators the stash of supplies was for huffing glue.

Officers also reported finding a small electronic scale with a crystal like residue in Zielinski's bag.

After being placed in handcuffs, Zielinski allegedly tried running away and was restrained on the ground. Officers reported that he told officers to kill him while banging his head on the sidewalk. As KPD was trying to place leg shackles on Zielinski, they said he started kicking officers.

 "His actions created an unreasonable amount of noise that was preventing the surrounding public from carrying on with their lawful activities," the police report said.

Zielinski has been charged with disorderly conduct, evading arrest, inhale and possess intoxicants for unlawful purposes, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, and resist, stop, arrest, search (no weapon).

Zielinski was previously arrested in Dunlap, Tennessee, after police said he had been wandering around town dressed in a pirate costume with braids in his beard. Police reported Zielinski was kicked out of a friend's residence, where he had been staying, when he "began acting crazy." Zielinski apparently refused to leave the home and crawled back into the building through a downstairs window, where he reportedly became combative.

Credit: WVLT.TV 

Aug 06, 2018

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