9 Dumb Criminals Who Left Major Crime-Scene Evidence Behind

These criminals might still be plying their trade if only they'd picked up after themselves at the crime scene.

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The Case of the Liquor Store Lothario

Scottish shoplifter Aron Morrison was picked up after pinching a bottle of vodka from a liquor store. It didn't take Sherlock Holmes to find Morrison, though.

What he left behind: His name and phone number with the clerk after asking her out on a date.

The Case of the Honest Employee


Graham Price of South Wales ripped off the bank where he worked, but he wasn’t completely duplicitous.

What he left behind: This note in the safe: “Borrowed, seven million pounds”—signed “Graham Price.”

The Case of the Not-So Devoted Dad


Bring Your Child to Work Day is a long honored tradition that allows children to see what goes on in the business world while also getting the chance to watch their parents ply their trade. One crook brought his young son along with him on a job, which happened to be robbing a pet shop. He was caught soon after, minus something important.

What he left behind: His son.

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The Case of the Returned Merchandise


A Target store in Augusta, Georgia, agreed to take back a printer from a dissatisfied customer. Then the clerk noticed some work the customer forgot to remove from the machine.

What he left behind: Counterfeit bills.

The Case of the Endless Receipt

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Hickory, North Carolina, cops quickly solved the mystery of the purloined cash registers from the Captain’s Galley restaurant thanks to something the crook had neglected to pick up.

What he left behind: A trail of white cash register tape, which police followed 50 yards to the thief’s apartment, where, they say, they found him cracking open the registers.

The Case of the Bungling Burglar

A gunman entered an Aurora, Indiana, convenience store and demanded all the money from the cash register. He then tied up the cashier and fled.

What he left behind: The money. He tried running back in, but by then, the door had automatically locked, with the bag of loot sitting tantalizingly on the safe. 

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The Case of the Angry Arguer

After getting into an argument with a woman at a bus stop, Justin John Boudin of St. Paul, Minnesota, punched her in the face. He then attacked a Good Samaritan with a folder, which fell to the ground when Boudin fled. But cops tracked him down thanks to what was inside that folder.

What he left behind: His anger-management homework.

The Case of the Clean Intruder


After a man kicked in the front door of a Texas home at 3:30 a.m., the resident fled and called police. When cops arrived, they were surprised to find that the intruder hadn’t stolen a thing.

What he left behind: Himself. Police found the man in the bathroom, enjoying a warm bath.

The Case of the Lost and Found Stash


Christopher Wilson of Spokane left his name and phone number with clerks at a home-improvement store should anyone find something of his that he’d dropped. According to police, they did find something.

What he left behind: Methamphetamines. Wilson was soon arrested.

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