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Although a great source of information, Google might not always be the best place to get answers…

Alex Christie

22 January 2009

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I love reading about criminals that lack higher intellect, I like it even more when there is video footage of these blunders.

It seems that the advent of technology and the internet has left a lot of would be criminals-masterminds scratching their heads in confusion.

This stretches from the everyday idiot:
Kyle Doyle called in sick and then changed his Facebook status update to “not going to work, f*** it i'm still trashed SICKIE WOO.”

To the more bizarre and humorous:
Alan Heuss was car-jacked outside a restaurant. The criminals got away with his car and mobile. After reporting it to the police, and a few drinks I presume, Alan and his friends came up with an ingenious idea. With no real expectations, they sent a text to Heuss’s mobile claiming that there is an open party with, “bunch of hot chicks, and some drugs too.”

The criminals arrived at the given address expecting to be treated to a raucous party, but Columbus police officers arrived instead. The car and all its contents were recovered!

The very latest story I have come across, although a lot more tragic than the previous ones, involves an investment banker with a history of DUI’s:
On Jan 11 2005, Lee Herbert killed 55-year-old Gurdeep Kaur in a hit-and-run with his Jaguar. He claimed that he had run over a deer and did not pull over to investigate the accident as it is not required by law.

Based on his previous records and that the car involved in the hit-and-run was remarkably similar to his, they managed to get a warrant to search his home.

They found the poor woman’s earring in his windshield well, so it was quite obvious that it was his car that was involved. He still claimed that he thought he had hit a deer, potentially clearing himself of the crime.

When police searched his computer, they found Google searches to the tune of: “auto glass reporting requirements to law enforcement,” “auto glass, Las Vegas”, “auto parts, auto theft, and the Moraga Police Department”. To top it all off, he allegedly did a search for “hit-and-run” and followed a link to the article referring to his accident. It was clear that he knew what had happened.

He was convicted and sent to prison.

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The lesson to be learned here is… first of all, don’t do crime. Secondly, never underestimate the power of technology to foil even the most “brilliant” of schemes…

On the bright side, there will always be interesting stories that make the news, and ego boosting knowledge that we are not the bottom of the intellect barrel!

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