It seems that, sometimes, desperate times call for, well…idiotic measures. Jim West would undoubtedly say that stealing is a sin, so even he, in his typical, cynical self, would probably find the humor in these stories.
BERLIN — Two would-be thieves called in their own crime to police in Germany after they could not escape from a broken-down elevator over the weekend, police said in a statement.
“This sounds really dumb,” one of the thieves told police in Cologne over the elevator’s emergency phone, “But I’m afraid that we wanted to break in and the elevator has gotten stuck.”
When police arrived they found the two thieves aged 31 and 37 stuck in the elevator of an office building.
The thieves allegedly broke into the building and were attempting to reach a higher floor when the elevator became stuck, the police said.
What could be more moronic than this, you ask? How about the two culprits in this story:
Evanston police arrested three alleged burglars after tracking footprints in the snow leading from the burglarized house.
Officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at about 12:27 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 800 block of Hartrey Avenue, authorities said. A witness at the scene told officers that three people were seen running from the area, one carrying a television, police said.
Following the footprints in the snow, police were led to a residence in the 2200 block of Madison Place, officials said.
Additional officers arrived and set up a perimeter, authorities said. Police saw someone running through the residence, and officers entered, officials said.
During the search, officers heard noises coming from the attic, police said. Two adults and a 16-year-old followed police commands and surrendered, according to authorities.
Crime never pays…but sometimes it helps to be smarter than mayonnaise.