10 Foolish Criminals Who Called The Police On Themselves



Some criminals are not very clever, and they spectacularly fail to pull off their crimes. We’ve certainly published a lot of stories about crazy criminalswhose antics defy rational explanation.

But the criminals on this list take “stupid” to a whole new level. Each of them managed to find themselves in so much trouble that they needed to call the police for help.

10Leland Ayala-Doliente And Holland Sward

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In early 2015, Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward were driving from California to Montana with about 9 kilograms (20 lb) of marijuana in their car. As they crossed the Nevada-Idaho border, the pair became convinced that they were being followed by policemen in civilian cars. The duo grew paranoid, and they decided to pull over and call the police.

When the 911 dispatcher answered, Doliente told her, “Hi, uh, we’re the two dumbasses that got caught trying to bring some stuff through your border, and all your cops are just driving around us like a bunch of jack wagons, and I’d just like for you guys to end it.”

The dispatcher was bewildered as no police were following the young men. However, she noted their location and sent a police car to get them. The officers arrived to find the two men with their hands on their heads and the marijuana tied up in a garbage bag on the side of the road.

The pair was arrested, and both tested positive for marijuana. They were charged with felony drug trafficking. Sward was sentenced to 30 days in jail. However, Doliente—who tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone on his sentencing day—received one-and-a-half to eight years in prison.[1]

9Rye Daniel Wardlaw

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In mid-2018 in Vancouver, Washington, Rye Wardlaw broke into an escaperoom and grabbed a remote control, a smartphone, and a beer. Then Wardlaw sat down, drank the beer, and ate a burrito that he had brought with him. After he finished his breakfast, he tried to leave the room through the same door he had entered. However, he had broken the doorknob when he busted into the room, and the door would not open.

Wardlaw tried to get out of the escape room’s front door, but he couldn’t figure out how to open the lock. Fearing he was trapped, he started to panic. Wardlaw grabbed the business’s phone and dialed 911. He told the operator that he was calling from the escape room because his home was being burglarized.

While he was waiting for the police, Wardlaw managed to open the damaged door. He ran outside—right into the police officers. He was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary.[2]

8Timothy James Chapek

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In 2011, Timothy Chapek broke into a Portland woman’s home, went into her bathroom, and jumped in the shower. While he was bathing, he heard the homeowner return. Chapek feared that she owned guns, so he locked the bathroom door, grabbed his phone, and called the police. He confessed to breaking into the home and begged them to help him.

Hilary Mackenzie, the homeowner, heard Chapek’s voice, and she told her daughter to leave the house. Mackenzie called her two German shepherds to her, and the trio went to confront Chapek. She asked him, “Why are you in my house taking a shower?” He responded, “I broke in. I was kidnapped.”[3]

Mackenzie went outside and called the police. They arrived and arrested Chapek. Repeating his story, he claimed that a group of men had kidnappedhim and put him in the bathroom. Police did not believe Chapek’s story, and he was charged with a misdemeanor for criminal trespassing.

7Michael Lester

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Having spent New Year’s Eve 2018 drinking and driving in Florida, Michael Lester decided to call 911 and turn himself in. He told the dispatcher that he had been driving drunk all night “trying to get pulled over.” He added that he was driving on the wrong side of the road and had no idea where he was.

The dispatcher urged him to pull over. So Lester decided to stop and find something to eat. He hung up on the dispatcher and parked his car in the middle of the road.

Officers quickly tracked Lester down and gave him a sobriety test, which he promptly failed. He told the policemen that he had drunk three or four beers, swallowed meth, and only slept four hours in the past four days. Lester was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving without wearing a seat belt.[4]

6Jesse Berube

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A couple of weeks before Christmas 2017, Jesse Berube decided to rob Loree’s Little Shack, a California bar where he was a regular customer. Inspired by St. Nick, Berube choose to enter the business through the chimney. He sneaked onto the roof, slipped into the chimney’s opening—which was less than 46 centimeters (18 in) wide—and slowly slid down the flue.

Around halfway down, Berube hit a dead end. The pipe took a 90-degree corner, and it was impossible for Berube to follow it. He tried to climb out of the chimney, but he could barely move. Berube managed to wiggle just enough to reach his cell phone and call for help.

Firefighters arrived and used specialized equipment to free Berube. He emerged from the chimney covered in soot but physically uninjured. Police arrested him, and he was charged with one count of burglary.[5]

5Triston Crossland And Derrick Dionno

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In early 2016, an El Dorado County, California, police officer spotted Triston Crossland and Derrick Dionno’s car swerving on the road and he attempted to pull the pair over. However, Crossland, a parolee, and Dionno, who had four active warrants, had meth, heroin, marijuana, and a gun in the car. They knew they would go to jail if they were caught.

The men parked and jumped out of their car. They ran down a canyon, crossed an icy river, ran across the snow-covered ground, and disappeared into the woods. Several hours later, Crossland and Dionno ran into a Forest Service officer, who warned them that they might freeze to death, but the duo just ran and hid.

Hours passed, and the pair started to worry that they actually would freeze to death. They called 911 and begged to be rescued. A SWAT team found the men the next morning. They were suffering from hypothermia and probable frostbite. A policeman said of the pair, “I have never seen two people happier to go to jail.”[6]

They were charged with felons in possession, evasion of a peace officer, obstruction, and numerous narcotics charges.

4Christopher Moore

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In late 2012, Christopher Moore broke into the Gerows’ Springtown, Texas, home in the middle of the night and began to burglarize it. He sneaked into the master bedroom, grabbed a few things, and accidentally woke up James Gerow. Moore left the room while Gerow got out of bed. Gerow initially believed that the intruder was his son, but he noticed that his son was still asleep. He spotted Moore’s truck in his driveway, grabbed a handgun, and ran to confront the thief.

Gerow managed to chase Moore down and take his car keys. Moore dove inside his truck and hid while Gerow and his son held him at gunpoint. Moore frantically called the police and told them, “I’m out in the country somewhere. Some guy’s got a gun on me. He’s going to come shoot me.”[7]

Police came and arrested Moore. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years of probation and 200 hours of community service.

3Cody Bragg

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Cody Bragg was driving through a Walmart parking lot in Canton, Ohio, in 2011 when he spotted a purse in a shopping cart. He pulled his hood over his head and slowly rolled forward. Bragg reached his hand out of the car window and snatched the handbag. The owner grabbed her purse, and Bragg dragged her several feet before she let go.

John Shuman had been watching Bragg and thought he looked suspicious. After Bragg stole the purse, Shuman decided to follow him. Shuman hopped in his snowplow, called 911, and chased Bragg for 30 minutes.[8]

Bragg eventually noticed what the snowplow driver was doing, so Bragg called 911 to report that he was being followed. He told the dispatcher that he must have been mistaken for the purse snatcher. The dispatcher told Bragg to go back to the parking lot, where he was arrested and charged with robbery and theft. Bragg was sentenced to nine years in prison.

2John Finch

In early 2011, John Finch decided to break into a Delaware house that had been unoccupied since it was damaged in a storm. Finch had broken into the home once before, and he was certain that he could easily do so again.

He entered through a window in the house and headed straight for the liquorcabinet. Finch spent the next three days in a booze-filled stupor as he downed three bottles of gin and two bottles of whiskey.

After he had cleaned out the liquor cabinet, Finch decided to leave the house. He discovered that the homeowner had changed the locks since his last burglary. A key was now required to open the door—even from the inside. Finch was too drunk to deal with the locks or to climb out the window he had broken to get in.

So he called 911 for help. Officers arrived and spoke with him through a cracked window. They quickly realized that he was not the homeowner. Finch was taken to a hospital to sober up and then was charged with burglary.[9]

1Edward Sanchez

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In 2006, Michigan police officer Edward Sanchez took marijuana from a criminal suspect and hid it in his vehicle. After retrieving the pot from his car later that evening, he and his wife baked it into brownies. They ate the entire batch.

Sanchez, who had smoked pot before, had never eaten a pot brownie. He began to feel strange. He started to worry that the pot was laced with something, and he called 911. Sanchez told an emergency dispatcher that he thought he and his wife were overdosing on marijuana.

“I think we’re dying,” he said. “We made brownies and I think we’re dead, I really do.” He gave the dispatcher his address and repeatedly asked if the ambulance was coming. He told the dispatcher, “Time is going by really, really slow.”[10]

Later, Sanchez admitted that he had stolen drugs before, including cocaine that his wife had used for a three-week binge. Neither Sanchez nor his wife was charged with any crime. However, he did resign from the police department.

Did you know…

… that today is the anniversary of the Beatles’ Last Public Concert? On this day in 1966, the Beatles held their last public concert as they ended their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

— Stephen R. Covey

The Poet and the Actress

The Poet and the Actress

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the slithering of the Poet,
I think he’s angry at the mowatt.

He finds it hard to see the spanner,
Overshadowed by the quietude planner.

Who is that snorting near the goldfish?
I think she’d like to eat the blue catfish.

She is but a snappy acting,
Admired as she sits upon a black tongue.

Her scatterbrain car is just a dream,
It needs no gas, it runs on karim.

She’s not alone she brings an Amigo,
a pet hedgehog, and lots of blow.

The hedgehog likes to chase an Amiga,
Especially one that’s in the rega.

The Poet shudders at the dimwit seal
He want to leave but she wants the brasil.

Thank you for Reading. Have fun. 

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Wednesday Mentor: 12 Sales-Boosting Strategies


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Want to Hyperscale and boost profits and gain market share? Here are some things you can do to gain a bigger piece of the pie.

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The competition is fierce and advertising budgets are tighter than ever whether you are a Startupper, Startpreneur, Solopreneur, Woman Entrepreneur or SME.  We are HyperCurious to boost our profits, HyperScale turnover and gain market share. I recommend following things that we can do to gain a bigger piece of Market Pie and Profits.

Give your product a distinct personality.

Staples is an instantly identifiable, highly memorable name that boosted sales and brand recognition. It personifies the brand while selling the message that whatever customers need they can get at Staples.

Give them an interesting history lesson.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, left historical records of a powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree to help heal headaches, breads and fevers. By 1829, scientists discovered that salicin in willow plants was the key ingredient in aspirin, which was later repackaged and marketed by Bayer.

Sing your productís praises.
Create a memorable catchy song, poem or jingle that hooks in peopleís minds. Gillette sold millions of razor blades using the Best Man Can Get, which continues to stick in consumers’ heads, leaving a positive impression about the product’s unbeatable performance.

Re-package your product for the customer.
Create new convenience packaging that makes your product easier to buy, use or refill. Motor oil used to be sold in cans that required a punch-in can opener or separate punch-through spout. These were messy and troublesome to use.

Let consumables take the lead.

Computer printers can be bought for as little as $ 20 , yet the ink cartridges sell for $ 29 apiece . Do not worry about making a big profit on devices , let your consumables take the lead .

Use viral marketing.
Viral marketing is any word-of-mouth or ìtell a friendî mechanism that induces users to re-convey a marketing message to other sites or users. Leveraged by the power of the web and email, viral techniques can create exponential growth in your products.

Customize your product.
Try to give customers exactly what they want by creating apparently customized versions of your product. Consider the success of Cycle 1, 2, 3, 4 Pet Foods, or Burger Have it Your Way.î

Go high tech.
Exploit the latest technological advancements in media to underscore your message. For example, explore the use of audio chips in magazines, brochures or mailers. The novelty of these devices gets people talking, and thereís that ìVî word again (viral marketing).

Promote product sharing.
This can be done by showing how your product brings friends and family together. An emotional appeal like this can be very memorable. For example you can share half and still have a whole.î Another is the ubiquitous Friends-and-Family discount, which abounds in everything from cell phones to vacation packages.

Show your product being used by experts.
If possible, establish your product as the one used by recognized experts in the field. A case in point is Canon ís use of photo journalists to endorse its 35mm cameras.

Make your product sui generis.
Establish the fact that your product is generically in a class by itself. Consider Porscheís use of the line ìthere is no substitute.î Or products that have become household words: ìblow your nose with a Kleenex,î or ìmake me a Xerox copy.î

Think outside the demographic box.
Attract a new category of customers by thinking outside the box. Consider gaining younger or older buyers by expanding the utility and style of your product, e.g., cell phones for ëtweens, or health bars for seniors.




 Disney Quotes

Some great words from an amazing man!


Fantasy and reality often overlap.

Walt’s ability to deal with the harsh reality that separated two gruesome world wars with the support of fantasy, could now comfortably be described as escapism.

Across the Atlantic and a century earlier, Emily Bronté, a young author, housebound in adversity, learned to escape her own reality, to create a simulacrum of the real world, a world full of ‘real people’, living ‘real lives’, both in love and in tragedy.

Her father strictly managed her environment, yet those dull Yorkshire walls bore no bounds to her imagination of a life that she could not possibly have understood or experienced.

A world that ordinary people enjoyed and endured day in and day out.

Powerful novels like Wuthering Heights, belied her youth and life experience.

In the latter part of the 20th Century, psychologists described such phenomena as Paracosm.

The rather scary sounding term used to refer for example, to a child’s ability to create an imaginary friend for their own enjoyment.

Rather interestingly, an author that Walt greatly admired; J M Barrie, is attributed to have an ability to use paracosm to astonishing effect.

His most famous work is one of Walt’s much treasured novels.

Peter Pan of course, was possibly the most imaginative character of the 1900’s and later became one of Walt Disney’s greatest on screen creations.

Fantasy and reality – a tough balance!

If we believe Walt, being able to dream and fantasise is crucially important.

Who are we to disagree?

Well, to be honest us!

We are parents, spouses, workers, breadwinners and more. We have responsibilities!

As a result we are unfortunately bound by our regular lives and the appropriate pressures that day to day life burdens us with.

The same of course, applied to Walt.

Forgive the pun, but the art of fantasy, in Walt’s case for sure, was to ensure that the dreams influenced reality, exercised carefully without destroying the essential practicalities of his life.

No doubt Walt sat with his kids, doing homework, washing dishes, fixing the car.

My money is on the fact that we saw a glimmer of those practical experiences in much of his work. Walt didn’t just use fantasy to influence his life, he used his life to influence his fantasies.

That is the art of fantasy!

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Motivational Slogans for Wednesday

I just wish one of my Toastmaster friends is reading this and chooses these as the Table Topics rather than the Horror TERROR TOPICs they choose which horrify me each time I pick one of them. 🙂

On a serious note, These Slogans can sometimes show us the much needed solution to a Top of the mind problem.  Dr. Edward de Bono in his famous Random Input/ Random Object example shows us how Attribute listing can be used as an effective tool/ remedial measure by brainstorming about our Top of the mind problems.

I have used this technique over 100 times in Corporate and personal life and it works every time.  For e.g.  You may chose at random any of these statements which closely or distantly relates to your problem.

Write 3-6 attributes if you have chosen upto 5 of the 10 listed below and 1-3 if you have chosen more than 5 slogans.

List attributes on one side of the paper. On the other side Write down the problem and the elements/ breakdown or attributes of the problem in simple language.

Use Dr. DeBono’s technique and find your answers.

Change a life.
Everybody needs a break.
Comfort in our hands.
We’re here for you.
Trust us.
The next generation.
Now’s the time.
Be more.
Fit for a king.

RAK Movement- Wednesday Random Acts of Kindness – Jay Parkhe

  1. Make a conscious effort to recycle
  2. We all love surprises! Buy someone an unexpected gift
  3. Surroundings looking messy? Tidy up the area around you
  4. Bake something for your family/friends
  5. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
  6. Buy someone a coffee
  7. Reconnect with your grandparents or an elderly person you know – give them a call!
  8. Make your voice count – sign a petition for a good cause
  9. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  10. Support a small, local business as a customer