After a series of break-ins in Hockley, Birmingham, UK that all seemed to be carried out by the same serial burglar, local authorities decided not to leave his arrest up to chance and to instead set a trap. We’re not sure exactly how the police knew that this trap would work or just how quickly it would catch the crook, but it sure did get the job done.

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Emile Pratt Jr., a 28-year old Sharon, Pa. man had successfully robbed a jewelry store of about 100 pieces and sold them to various pawn shops across Pennsylvania. He was in the clear and could have most likely remained free, but the money from the heist wasn’t enough, and he decided he wanted to get more from the store.

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Larry Stone, an inmate at the Lake County Jail in Florida, has been sitting behind bars since April since he couldn’t post bail for his property crime charges. A few days ago he went to use the jail pay phone to make a call, he was given a shot at freedom. The get out of jail free card didn’t come from the person that Stone was trying to call, but rather from the fact that his intended contact didn’t pick up.
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We’re not sure how the following story could have seemed like a good idea to anyone, in any state of mind; but it sure does make for an interesting read. Two New Jersey men, 21 and 22 years old, left a party in suburban Philadelphia and came across an unmarked police van typically used for transporting offenders to and from prison.

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With Facebook being such a simple website to create an online identity, it’s no wonder that people abuse the social networking platform by creating false online identities and pretending to be someone else. Sometimes the fake identities are created just for fun, to make a profit by promoting a product or service, or even for malicious purposes getting back at a person or bullying them online. In the case of Angela Voelkert, she created a fake Facebook profile for tricking her ex-husband, David Voelkert, into acting in a way that would make him look like a bad parent in the custody battle for their children.

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Hesitation, or better yet, indecision is one of the biggest causes of failure in life. For example, when you set your mind to doing something, you should go for it with everything you’ve got and not turn back or stop part-way through. Apparently the man you’re about to read about falls victim to this costly habit as well. Except his indecision wasn’t about going for a big goal or challenging task, but it was deciding to do a half-hearted job of a bank robbery or just being indecisive about whether he should commit the crime or not.

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Want that new pair of sneakers but don’t feel like paying full price? If you’re on good terms with Sean Harrington from Louisville, Ky., you might just be in luck. The 36-year-old not only made a business for himself by shoplifting merchandise like shoes and then reselling them on the street, he took it a step further into the real world of entrepreneurship by getting exactly what his customers wanted.

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