Keep your shell shut!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1:35 | Posted in crime | Leave a comment
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If you plan to make a fake insurance claim on a stolen cell phone, just be sure to switch the phone off before you go to a police station to file a complaint. That is what this dude in Pretoria, South Africa, described by police spokesman Eugene Opperman as “the dumbest criminal” this year, forgot to do:

The man walked into a station to report that he had been held up at gunpoint by a gang who had stolen his mobile phone.

But when the detective phoned the number of the phone reportedly stolen, it rang in the complainant’s pocket.

BBC

There are hundreds of good reasons for not having a cell phone switched on in public but this one takes the prize.

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