Stupid Criminal of the Month

As a society, we pay a heavy price for crime committed on our streets. The very least they could do is, every once in a while, entertain our asses for five minutes.

Craig C. Wilson gets that. He knows that there are people constantly scanning the newspaper for stories of interest. He knows that, in our work-a-day lives, things can get hum-drum and routine; he knows that stories in Rochester papers, especially, can get a mite depressing or monotonous. And he knows that, as a person about to commit a crime, he has a choice to make: do it well, or do it funny. And so, he did this:

Bumbling scam left cops a map || Democrat & Chronicle: Local News

Wilson traveled to Florida and then abandoned his 2002 Mercury Mountaineer in the parking lot of a Jacksonville apartment complex. He later reported the vehicle stolen, officials said.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Rochester police were able to figure out what happened — and track down Wilson — partly because he left directions from MapQuest, the Internet mapping service, in the vehicle for a trip from his home to Jacksonville, said Rochester police Officer Deidre Taccone.

Authorities also found paperwork in the sport utility vehicle detailing Wilson’s airline travel from Jacksonville back to Rochester, Taccone said.

Here’s to you, Craig C. Wilson! In your own special way, you make blogging just a little bit nicer!

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.