This week’s dumbest criminal

September 3, 2010

Jason Vantress

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to two men who decided to shoplift from a store during a Wednesday afternoon shop with a cop charity event because they thought the officers would be too distracted to notice. [SeattleWeekly]

Shane Alexander, 20, and Jason Vantress, 30, selected a Fred Meyer store in Portland  for an afternoon of shoplifting. The pair arrived to find the store was the location of a shop with a cop event.

The Portland Police department sponsors the yearly event to provide disadvantaged children with new school clothes. Nearly 60 officers including commanders, beat cops and a few canine officers attended the popular event.

Alexander and Vantress deduced that the officers would be too busy shopping with the children to notice a few shoplifters. So they began stuffing items such as blenders, tools and clothes into their backpacks.

A clerk spotted the pairs illicit activity and had no problem finding an officer to arrest the alleged shoplifters.

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I like a good story as much as anyone, but i’d like to know how it was determined what these guys “thought”. Are they that stupid that they confessed.

Weeding of the gene pool…

I think the herd needs to be thinned.