You might think that this is a rare occurrence, but it is not.  I can attest to the fact that in my 30 years of dealing with inmates, that these kinds of stories are more common than you would think.  As you read these accounts of Dumb and downright Stupid behavior, you start to realize that many of the people incarcerated in this country are not even good criminals and should possibly consider a change in professions.


JONESBORO, ARKANSAS – A would-be Arkansas murder plot came undone when one of the suspected co-conspirators sat on his phone and “butt-dialed” the targeted victim, who heard details of the planned hit and alerted police.

James Macom, 33, last week overheard his former employer Larry Barnett, 68, telling a suspected hit man to make the killing look like an accident.

Macom contacted police and filed a report at a station.  He returned with police to his home, where an intruder had apparently broken in and started a gas leak.

Barnett apparently was looking up Macom’s contact information on his phone to give to the hit man and accidentally dialed the number from his pocket.

Barnett was arrested last week for conspiracy to commit murder.  His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.


BUFFALO, N.Y. – From the moment parking meter mechanic James Bagarozzo began his scheme to steal from the machines, his life became overrun with quarters. He stashed them in his pockets, in a sack in his truck, in closets at his house.

Over more than eight years, he brought home $210,000 worth of quarters — 10,500 pounds of them — which he dutifully rolled and packed in $500 boxes to be exchanged for cash at banks on his lunch hour.

On Friday, a judge imposed a 2½-year sentence on Bagarozzo, who blamed a gambling addiction and an illness he believed would kill him before he built a nest egg for his family.

From 2003 through 2011, the meter mechanic spent the first half of every workday stealing from 70 to 75 meters.  Rather than fix machines, he broke them so that quarters would collect on top where he could grab them with his hands instead of dropping into the collection canister.

Bagarozzo, speaking at his sentencing hearing, apologized during a brief statement to the court and said he accepted responsibility, although he showed little emotion.

To add insult to injury, a former co-worker, Lawrence Charles, followed Bagarozzo’s lead, stealing $15,000 in quarters over about five years.  He was sentenced  to a term of a year in prison.

The employees came under scrutiny in 2011 after the Parking Commissioner noticed that the city’s new computerized pay stations were bringing in far more money than the old quarter-fed parking meters.

Since these arrests, the city’s annual parking meter revenue has increased by more than $500,000.  So, this was a common thing and it was not confined to just these two individuals.

At the time of his arrest, investigators found $40,000 in cash in the ceiling of Bagarozzo’s bedroom, $4,100 in a dresser and $3,000 worth of quarters in closets in bags and boxes around the house.

The money allowed Bagarozzo to send his daughters to college and pay off his mortgage.


CHARLETTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – Two suspected robbers fled the scene of their own crime looking like the victims of a brutal attack after their victims fought back.

Johnny Calderon Jr., age 19, and Gerald Allen, age 18, attempted to rob two University of Virginia students at gunpoint, which turned out to be a horrible and painful error in judgment says police in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Police arrived on the scene to find the two college students had beaten up and detained the suspects.

Allen got the worst of the beating: his right eye was swollen shut and his face bloodied. Moreover, Calderon didn’t get off easy and arrived at the police station with a black eye and plenty of bruises.

Calderon has been charged with two counts of attempted robbery, one count of pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Allen is facing two counts of attempted robbery.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A bank robbery suspect trying to elude police searching for him in an apartment building jumped into a garbage chute and luckily survived a 200-foot fall onto trash in the basement.

Robin Gutheridge, 26, plunged from the 21st floor of the Clinton Plaza Apartments, a few blocks from the Chase Bank Branch he had robbed earlier.

He was conscious and told police he had climbed into the garbage chute to avoid being captured.  Police estimate he fell about 210 feet before landing on garbage in a compactor at the bottom.

He stated that he was able to slow himself down by holding the sides of chute, and the garbage may have cushioned the fall, but he did get severe injuries.

Gutheridge was in critical condition Friday at Upstate University Hospital, where he was in the intensive care unit with fractures and internal injuries.

Police said Gutheridge fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing the bank.  After detectives learned he was seen entering a nearby apartment building, they began searching building.  That’s when a maintenance worker told them he could hear someone calling for help from a garbage chute in the basement.

When the officers checked it out, they found Gutheridge trapped in the compactor.  He had the bank’s money on him.

He is under police guard at the hospital and will be charged with robbery when his condition improves.