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Stupid Crook Stories August 30, 2005 11:34 AM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Three men trying to steal fuel from a New Zealand farm Monday ended up setting fire to their own car.

Police said the trio had siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter.

One click, a boom and the car burst into flames.

"It wasn't a major whodunnit," senior sergeant Ross Gilbert told Reuters, from the small North Island town of Waipukurau, about 140 miles northeast of Wellington.

"Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity."

The men, aged 18 to 19, escaped injury but were charged with theft.

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.

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 September 04, 2005 9:37 AM

who said life isn't stranger than fiction

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 September 07, 2005 12:31 PM


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another dumb crook true story July 01, 2006 9:20 AM

Two crooks, a man and a woman, broke into a photography shop and started cramming their bags with cameras, dvd recorders, players, advanced, OTT expensive underwater professional photography equipment etc...etc...etc...

The next morning the owner of the shop came back and saw the place in a wreck, with almost all his goods gone. The criminals had left no fingerprints. They tried to make out  their faces on the video surveillance (I mean the camera they put up in shops that records what happens, including robberies) but the image was too grainy to make out their faces. However, what he saw next on the tape shocked him. He smiled to himself, what idiots...

The woman had taken the demonstration camera and the man posed in front of it, his mouth stretched in a wide grin, his big black bag over his shoulder, and the camera flashed. The man then repeated the procedure, taking a pic of his colleague. They left the camera on the desk, and the criminals fled.

All the manager had to do was press the print button on the nearby printer and out came a large clear picture of the two criminals, grinning proudly.

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