Category: Stupid Thieves

The Story is in the Pipes

Copper-pipeDesperation makes people do strange things. In the beginning there is a feeling that something will come along and things will begin to look up again. As the days become weeks and then months this faith slowly dwindles until there seems to be no hope left. What would have never crossed their mind before slowly creeps in until it is seen as a possibility. This happened to Brett A. Roberts.

Something drove Roberts on. There was a devil on his tail and he responded. There was a vacant house on Queen Anne Road near Woodstock, Illinois. How he got in I don’t know but once in he saw a possibility few would have. In the basement Roberts found the plumbing pipes to be copper. Copper has gone up in the last few years and Roberts must have known this and devised to steal them. melted down they would feed him for days. What he didn’t count on was someone coming into the supposedly vacant residence.

The house might not have had people living in it but it wasn’t abandoned. It was simply For Sale. While Roberts was busy in the basement, hacksaw in hand, the real estate agent came in to check things out. He was interrupted in the act but got away before McHenry County Sheriff’s Police could get there. If he’d been smart he’d have worn gloves but he hadn’t thought of that.

In his haste he left behind the hacksaw and the pipes he’d already cut loose. On the pipes he left his fingerprints. Already in the criminal database they left a direct trail.

Roberts thought he could steel the copper pipes and get on with his life. He couldn’t see the future and so he didn’t know the outcome. April 14, 2011 he was charged with residential burglary and criminal damage to a property. He was found guilty. His punishment could have been up to fifteen years in prison. He was able to testify that since no one was living in the house it was no residential burglary and therefore his sentence was reduced to the possibility of three to seven years. If he got it or not, I doubt he would say the pipes were that valuable. He should have known better. After all, he’d already been convicted in the past for theft and forgery. Lesson learned this time? Perhaps, at least, one would hope so.


Northwest Herald Friday, February 2, 2011 Pg. 3B


Thief Rescued By Cops

Caught in Door…

If someone told you they were attempting to fix a door and they had a piece of a metal bed frame, would you believe them?
This is what Manuel Fernandes told store manager John Rodriguez. However at the time, Manuel’s head was on one side of the Rent-A-Center’s roll-up loading by door and is body was on the other side. Would you find his story hard to believe? I do.
It seems that the 53-year-old homeless Manuel’s plan had been to break into the store around midnight and take what he wanted. June 26th of this year did not go according to his plans. Instead of getting in and out, he only got partially in. That is, only his head did.
Like Winnie the Pooh, he would have to wait. This he did for nine hours. I don’t think being rescued by the cops was part of his plan. Nor was his receipt of a large bruise to his head when the door fell.
To add more insult to injury, Manuel got handsomely rewarded with both a charge of breaking & entering as well as malicious damage to property. All this was given and his take for the heist was a big fat zero.
Good luck Manuel, perhaps next time you’ll be smart enough to just skip it and get a job. Sandwiches consisting of roll-up doors, concrete floors and throbbing heads are not very edible.

Where: Brockton, Texas
When: June 26, 2012 – 12pm – 9am

Caught by air duct!

If ever there was a man who didn’t think his plans through, it would be Charles Estell of Chicago. The man must have planned for some time to rob the Oak Lawn, Illinios’ Bank of America but I don’t think everything was taken into account.

His idea of entering the vault through the office next door’s air vent made sense. He wore a wig to disguise who he was as well. He even made provisions in case the bank’s employees thought to resist him and so he brought a gun to enforse his plan. All this speaks of purpose and forsight. However, did he take into consideration his body’s frame when he decided to make his speedy ceiling exit? I don’t think so.

Witnesses saw him make his get away. They knew how he left. Terrible for him you might think. In reality this could very well have been lucky for him. Yes he was caught. Yea he’ll probably go to jail for some time but it’s better than what could have happened to him.

Charles became caught hours before the police ever found him. No person grabbed and detained him though. His catcher was the very ceiling that supposedly was his escape route. Poor Charles got himself wedged in the air duct and could’t get out. So what would have happened if people had’t seen him leave via the ceiling? We’ll never know for sure but he might never have left. Charles could have died for the $100,000 he attempted to steal.

So again we see that crime doesn’t pay!

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