Stupid Crimes

Local,Crime,Jacob Demmit

Doorway to stupidity

A would-be burglar spent nine hours with his head stuck under a metal gate before a store manager came to his rescue -- with police.

Manuel Fernandes, 53, was lying on a Rent-A-Center loading dock in Massachusetts when a store manager got to work around 9 a.m.

The manager began taking cell phone video while he asked Fernandes why he was trying to break in. At first Fernandes claimed he was trying to fix the door but eventually asked for help and said he had been there since midnight.

Fernandes was taken to the hospital.

Losing his marbles

Police in Maryland say a man has been charged with assault for using a slingshot to fire glass marbles at a speed camera van.

Authorities say Bruce Lawrence May, 50, of Ellicott City was arrested and charged with destruction of property and reckless endangerment.

Howard County police say that at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, the van was near Manor Woods Elementary School when the operator heard something hit the side of the vehicle.

The operator saw a minivan pass and saw the driver with a slingshot fire another projectile at the speed camera van.

Police say that May had received two speed camera violations recently.

The thin blue unemployment line

A Florida cop has resigned after tipping off a criminal moments before a SWAT team stormed his house.

Officer Robert Edwards, 30, sent 20 messages to the suspect he knew from a local gym.

He texted, "Delete me from your phone, you know, erase my messages, don't call me," the Sun Sentinel reports.

The criminal, who was also an FBI informant, used the warning and was able to escape police.

He was wanted for several charges including sexual battery.

The man turned himself in the next day and explained how Edwards' texts had helped him get away.

Edwards resigned a short time later but won't face prosecution because a deal he made with the State Attorney's Office, the Sun Sentinel reports.

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