6 Dumb Criminals With Worse Luck Than You

You might be the Einstein of the criminal set, but without a bit of luck you could still end up in the clink. Here are a few crooks that should have ponied up for a rabbit’s foot.

The Back-to-Jail Special

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Two men decided a back-to-school event at an office supply store would be the perfect time to do some shoplifting. After all, store clerks would be busy helping an influx of shoppers. Bad luck: The sale happened to coincide with the annual “Shop with a Cop” day, when about 60 police officers show up to help children pick out school supplies.



Police in Ossining, New York, were called to a mini-mart where they found Blake Leak, 23, trying to break in. They chased Leak through the streets until both cops took a tumble. Seizing the opportunity, Leak sought refuge on the grounds of a large building. 
Bad luck: The building was the Sing Sing Maximum Security prison, where he was promptly nabbed by a guard.

You Mean It's Not Scout Night?


Two machete-wielding men barged into a Sydney, Australia, bar demanding money. Bad luck: They didn't know the club was hosting a bikers' meeting at the time. One of the robbers ended up in the hospital, the other hog-tied with electrical wire.

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Worst Customer Service Ever!

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Joseph Goetz’s alleged attempt to rob a York, Pennsylvania, bank met with some snags. Bad luck: Cops say the first teller he tried to rob fainted and the next two had no more cash in their drawers. Fed up, Goetz stormed out, threatening to write an angry letter to the bank.

No Vacancy


Mitchell Deslatte walked into a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hotel and asked the clerk for a room. Bad luck: The clerk wasn’t a clerk—he was a state trooper. And the hotel was actually a state trooper station. That’s when Deslatte was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Fish Tales


Robby Rose lost his first-place medal and was charged with a felony after it was 
discovered that he’d cheated in a Texas fishing tournament by stuffing a one-pound weight down the throat of a bass he’d caught. Bad luck: Officials became suspicious when they placed Rose’s fish in a tank and it sank to the bottom.

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