Being a thief isn’t the best career choice you can go with. Not only is it dangerous for the fact that you can and probably will get hurt when someone catches you trying to steal their stuff, but there’s always the risk of police catching you in the act. Even if you are a competent thief and manage to flee the scene after a successful steal, you still have to worry about being caught with the goods or selling them to someone who might be an undercover officer, or the original owner.

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We all know people that borrow things and forget to return them; or at any rate, that’s what they say when you confront them about it. The latest person to be caught “forgetting,” is the Czech Republic’s President, Vaclav Klaus, who was using a ceremonial pen during a visit to Chile. To make matters even worse, Klaus was pulling off this heist in full view of the media during a ceremony to announce a trade agreement.

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This is starting to become a pretty common trend among our “fail” arrests. Another man had contacted the police thinking prostitution was legal and ended up paying for it. In the last case a man called to complain to police officers about a prostitute’s poor service, but in this case it seems that the man simply wanted police to provide him with a prostitute. Maybe he was simply confused about what the tern “police’ escort” really meant.

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Bank robberies can be violent and terrifying affairs. Usually, there are protocols that a robber will uphold; either arms will be brandished and tellers threatened (sometimes involving hostages being taken), or a simple note will be given to the teller: something along the lines of “Giving Me Money=Not Getting Shot.” Timing, however, is everything. In a recent Rhode Island robbery, a bank heist was stifled by an unlikely hero: the clock.

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Airport security workers and the TSA are constantly hard at work combatting terrorism and other threats to national security (occasionally at the expense of personal privacy). Sometimes, however, their judgment is a bit questional. When Ken Lloyd and his wife were passing through airport security, an alarm went off. They were pulled aside where their possessions were inspected. Turns out the Lloyds were trying to smuggle a weapon past security.

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Maybe he wasn’t aware of the laws, or maybe he was just looking to get connected to the Better Business Bureau office with no questions asked when a Minnesota man called the police station with a complaint about a prostitute he had hired. Apparently, the woman took his $200 and left without holding up her part of the deal.

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We’re not sure whether it’s the snow, the cold, or just the fact that criminals are getting too lazy to plan their heists nowadays, but more and more of them are getting caught for the most careless mistakes. And the latest criminal bust involves a group of teens who were not only were haphazard with their crime, but also left a direct trail to themselves for police to follow.

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